Character Analysis Of Mahatma Gandhi's 'FLIPPED'

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Courageous ‘Fear has its use but cowardice has none.’ (Mahatma Gandhi). Coward [kou(ə)rd]: a person who lacks the courage to do or endure dangerous or unpleasant things (definition; google). Hence, a coward is nothing but a loser. Fear is not good, but it is not that bad, fear could be an encouragement for us, it could become strengths. However, cowardice is just giving up without even trying. Bryce Loski, a character in FLIPPED was a coward. At the very beginning of the story, you could tell right away that he is a coward. However, something changed him, it changed him for the better. In the end, he is no longer a coward, he faced his own feeling and stood up for his beliefs. The reasons for why he is no longer a coward are, He told his…show more content…
Needless to say, this is an act of cowardice even for the young Bryce, although it happened in the past when Bryce first met Juli. Over time, he has begun to change little by little, especially after his granddad came and talked to him. “I 'm sorry for what I did.”(pg.88) . This was the first time he has ever apologized to Juli. Normally he’d just ignore her bark, he could’ve ignored her back. But he felt guilty and after he saw Juli’s behavior toward him and his granddad talking with her, he didn’t like it. He went and apologized to Juli and that made him feel so much better. After a while, when his family invited the bakers to dinner, he felt insecure about how it’d be. He was afraid that someone would mention the eggs, he even thought about bribing Juli. However, another thought came up to his head. He realized that the way he was thinking was not right. ‘What kind of wimp was I, anyway’ (pg.121). Immediately he went and find his mother and confessed everything. This was the first sign of Bryce changing into a better person, surely it is not easy for anyone to confess something to someone else, especially when it could affect other people besides yourself. To put it briefly, Bryce Loski had gained some courage from his confession. Although he did tell his mother not to tell his father about…show more content…
‘I liked it.I liked her’(pg.185). Bryce had finally realized his feeling toward Julianna and accepted it, however, it was almost too late. Julianna didn’t have that kind of affection toward Bryce anymore, to be exact, not as much as before. Bryce had made a lot of mistakes to Juli and he regretted every single one of them. Therefore, he had to make Juli understand that. He had to give her a proof that he has changed if he wants to start over. ‘Man, I 'll dive after her into a chicken coop full of poop if that 's what it takes. I 'll ride my bike all the stinkin ' way to school for the rest of eternity if it means being with her.’ (page. ) he even thoughts of doing something he is not comfortable with, only to make Julianna forgive him. He would do it anyway because he truly liked Juli and he was not going to not do anything about it and be the old cowardice Bryce only because it was difficult to make her likes him again. It is amazing how Bryce could change plenty from before, if you looked at the both of them, It would be hard to tell that they are the same person, given how much he has changed. He has gained more confidence, more courage and more compassion, and it is all because of one person, Julianna Baker. ‘But if I 've learned one thing from Juli Baker, it 's that I 've got to put my whole heart and soul into it and try.’ (pg. ) He was determined to put an effort for the girl he likes and not just give up on her, which is the opposite definition of cowardice. ‘A
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