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Shasta Character Analysis

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Shasta is a curious, careful, and accommodating boy that constantly dreams about a future more than manual labor. Shasta, a young boy found abandoned in a boat as a child, has grown up in a small fishing community that is known for being indifferent to the outside world. While he does not mind working for his abusive father, he is constantly curious about what else life might have in store for him. Inside, however, Shasta is thirsting for his father’s approval; thirsting for kindness and willing to do anything for it. Wishing to fulfill this hunger, Shasta is forced to either willingly leave with a Tarkaan slaver or to flee on the back of the Tarkaan’s horse, Bree. Shasta dreams of how kindness might feel, “I wonder what sort of man that Tarkaan
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