Jim Nightshade In Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes

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Jim Nightshade is one of the main characters in the book, Something Wicked this Way Comes by Ray Bradbury. Jim is a thirteen-year-old boy, who in the book the narrator describes as “His hair was wild, thick, and the glossy color of waxed chestnuts. His eyes, fixed to some distant point within himself, were mint rock crystal green” (6). Jim Nightshade is a dynamic character, which means he changes over the course of the story. In the beginning, Jim wants to figure out and stop the weird things that the carnival are doing. But in the end the temptation to ride the carousel proves to be too overwhelming, and he is willing to take down Mr. Crooger to get his chance at a free ride. In the story, Jim is best friends with Will Halloway. Jim Nightshade is also a foil character, this type of character…show more content…
The differ, for example, because Will was born a minute before midnight on October thirtieth, and Jim was born one minute after midnight on October thirty-first. This does a good job of representing the characters different personalities. It shows how Jim was born on a dark and mysterious holiday, while Will was born on an innocent day of October. Next, Jim Nightshade looks up to Will’s father, Charles Halloway as a father figure. Reader do not figure exactly what happened to Jim’s father, but we know he is gone and Jim’s mother is a single parent. Over the story, Charles proves to always be there for him as Jim continues to get himself into trouble. Next, Jim is a anti-hero, a protagonist that lacks moral personality traits given to a hero. Jim wants to stop the carnival, but still wants to ride to carsel to become older. He is conflicted on helping Will and Charles, or getting the life as a n adult that he wants. However, the thought of riding the carousel motivates Jim to sneak out of the house without telling Will and to kill Mr. Cooger. But his friendship with Will, at first, motivates him to stay a young
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