Character Analysis: The Round House

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A novel of mystery, political, vengeance and suspense is all one book, The Round House. This novel captures a story of a thirty-year-old man Joe, looking back into the beginning of his teen years by telling his own personal story. Joe begins the story by explaining of an attack that happened to his mother Geraldine. This attack changed Joe's life and lead him to do things that may or may not benefit him. In the novel, Joe will have to go through many hardships to help his mother overcome her fears of being traumatized and help figure out who the attacker was. Although in this novel it consists of mainly Joe, hence he is the narrator, there was also another important character in the novel, Linda. Linda is one of the very important characters …show more content…

After Linden was put to jail for a short while based on Geraldine's testimony, he was then freed again. Joe and his family felt the pressure and Geraldine knew that Linden will always come back and harass her. This leads to Joe thinking that there is no other way but to end Linden's life in order to live a normal life again with his family. Due to this reason, Joe started to seek Linda and asked her for more information about Linden. Linda eventually told Joe that Linden likes to golf in the early morning. In revealing this important information to Joe, Linda proves her loyalty to the natives and this also shows her kinship towards the reservation. With Linda's useful information about Linden, Joe then spotted Linden at the golf course and attempted to shot him. With the help of Cappy, Cappy then shot Linden once again straight in the head and killed him. They both ran off and hide the shotgun under Linda's porch. Whitney served as Cappy and Joe's alibi, and Linda, however, found out about Joe and Cappy because of the hidden shotgun. Instead of telling them out, Linda and her step brother broke the shotgun in pieces and scattered the remaining pieces on the highway. With the help of Linda, I felt the novel did not suggest she was wrong in any way, due to the fact that Linda already knew what her brother did from the …show more content…

If Linda has never told Joe about Linden's whereabouts, Joe would never have seen Linden at the golf course and would never have gotten a chance to shot him. Another important aspect of Linda was the fact that she had chosen to help Joe and Cappy. Linda had the choice of telling the police about what Joe and Cappy had done to her twin brother, but she chose not to. Due to Linden's bad deeds, I felt Linda knew what was best even though Joe and Cappy had killed her own

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