Character Analysis: A Hope In The Unseen

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A Hope in the Unseen written by Ron Suskind is a novel about an underprivileged kid named Cedric, that wants the American dream, to go to college. Cedric really wants to get into MIT, but poor Cedric keeps getting shut down by mostly everybody about him not being ¨MIT material¨. Cedric’s high school failed to provide him an excellent education by shutting down his dreams into getting the college he desires to attend, the low self esteem he has, no longer wants to attend MIT, and being scared for being known for his intelligence. These points are the reason why his high school did not do the proper job on giving Cedric an education. Education is the key to success. Cedric’s experiences in high school affected how he approached his college by,…show more content…
“The kid said something about not liking Cedric’s face and how he saw him get his $100 award check and it made him sick-and there was a bulge in the army jacket’s pocket. The heavy green fabric was tented into a triangle pointing out from the kid’s hip. Cedric looked down and could see the back of a rat-gray steel handle.” (22) Cedric was afraid of the kid, that is understandable, but he was so afraid that he Cedric does not want to be noticed for his intelligence anymore. His high school should have taught him to never be afraid for being intelligent. Intelligent is the way to go all the way to the…show more content…
“I, uh, got a 960,” Cedric says, like he’s mentioning the weather. No one reacts. There’s a forced casualness to this conversation, as though no one cares much,” (170) Cedric’s experiences in high school have shown him that if you get a high score in a test, then it means that you’re a nerd. Get a low score in a test, then you’re stupid. In college nobody really cares what is your test score. People can remain friends regardless of the test scores. Cedric approached college like he was ready to have no friends because of his test
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