Character Analysis Of Randolph In Truman Capote's Other Voices, Other Rooms

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Randolph is a peculiar character in the novel Other Voices, Other Rooms written by Truman Capote. The unusual characteristics of Randolph are his ability to take on two genders both male and female. Randolph is passionate as he draws Joel closer to him. In this story, Randolph relates to people of today, which shows how Society’s fear of the unknown places others in isolation. Randolph’s isolation causes him to become lonely, and his fear of rejection causes him to control those in his presence, especially when it came to the matters of his heart. Randolph’s perception of Joel is of himself, and he doesn’t want Joel to go down the same lonely road he took in life. The isolation Randolph persevered through affected his capacity to flourish socially. The reader can infer Randolph’s horrible actions against Mr. Sansom will someday come back for revenge. Randolph says, “Have you never heard what the wise men say: all of the future exists in the past” (89). For many years Randolph has suffered from isolation causing him grief and pain. Stricken by his inability to be free, Randolph remains stuck in Skully’s Landing for his past actions have consumed his mind keeping him confined to the house. Randolph’s battle with depression weighs heavily on his mind which is why he becomes ill. The outdated…show more content…
After slapping Amy, Randolph immediately consoles her by saying, “All better angel” (83)? With his heavy drinking, Randolph’s behavior becomes unpredictable, and he knows his time to act is now especially with Joel’s aunt coming to the house to take Joel away. Randolph is fearful Joel will run off and leave him just as Pepe Alvarez did in the past; therefore, Randolph lies to Joel to get him to travel with him to meet Little Sunshine. Randolph’s fear of the unknown causes his behavior to fluctuate because he is afraid of losing control of those he needs to

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