The Eleventh Plague Character Analysis “Your life is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life” Steve Jobs. People spend most of their life to try to blend into society and try to fit in. People are always worried about what there actions will make people think about them. One example of this would be Stephen, he goes through a large amount of change, and learns not to fit in, and to be himself. In the book, The Eleventh Plague, Stephan’s conflicts, changes, and interactions with other characters helps him learn to help others in need. Through the conflicts and changes in Stephen’s life, he learned how to be a better person. He was only worried how the new town would affect him. When Stephen moves to Settlers Landing he is only worried how it will effect him. He was only worried how he could make the best of it. “Maybe this is my chance" (21). Stephen realized how he could start over. Stephen never knew how to interact with others, because he was always just with his dad, and many events has helped him understand how to care about others. "I gotta get back to my dad” (102). After Stephens dad falls of the cliff and gets into a comma, he learns how to put others in front of him. Stephen at the beginning the of the book never really knew how to care for others, and later began to. In the book, …show more content…
Many people try to fit into what is socially excepted and they never try to be there selfs. People only try to be what society wants them to be. Just like Stephen, people can change and they can learn how to be their self. Many times in the book we witness Stephen going through change during times of struggle or sadness. Over the course of the book we witness Stephen completely changing and putting others in front of his self. Treating people the way they wanted to be can go a long way and also being yourself will also be the right thing to
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In the novel A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J Gaines, Grant is a main character that has a lot of influence over the people in his community. Some might even consider him a hero. I believe that Grant is a hero because he helps Jefferson become a man, changes himself for the better, and wants to continue changing the community. Over the course of the novel, Grant helps Jefferson become the man that he needs to be in order to walk to his death with honor. When Grant first begrudgingly went to visit Jefferson in prison Jefferson was in a really low state.
Imagine being ripped from the comfortable normalities of the sunbelt United States, to the desolate, malnourished Congo, where food is scarce and morals are low. Barbara Kingsolver spent years studying the Congo and their people in order to provide an accurate representation in her historical fiction piece, The Poisonwood Bible. In this novel, Leah Price is first described as a young, Christian woman. However, this description soon becomes distorted the longer the Price family remains in the Congo. Leah’s character traits shift as she becomes alienated from the rest of her family’s ideals.
Leah Price is a little girl who grows up in a strongly devout household that relocates to the Belgian Congo as missionaries in Barbara Kingsolver's novel The Poisonwood Bible. Leah's childhood in the Congo and exposure to African culture had a significant impact on how she developed psychologically and morally. Leah gains a strong sense of independence, a great affinity with the Congolese people and their difficulties, and a rejection of her father's fundamentalist religious beliefs as a result of her experiences. Leah's surroundings in the Congo physically influence her character by giving her a sense of independence, to start. She has no access to the comforts of her upbringing in the United States, so she must learn to adjust and become
As the novel goes on he begins getting in touch with their emotional and physical feelings. For example, Rat Kiley, he was a well known character in the book. He began having mental breakdowns throughout the book. He had seen his best friend get blown up, and then goes into shutdown mode. Rat keeps to himself not talking as much as he did, and walking away from the other guys.
Through the protagonist Stephen, Nowland suggests that when faced with the decision between upholding societal expectations or dissenting in order to preserve our identity, we select the latter to achieve inner peace. Where we live, how we live and who we live with, significantly affects how we perceive the world. Living under the influence of others can create a veil over our identity, and cause us to believe in something we truly are not. While under this veil, we either lose ourselves completely or see the veil concealing ourselves from who we are at core. As a growing boy, Stephen is especially prone to the influence of others.
People tend to be judged by how others perceive them to be, rather than how they actually are. This statement is shown in the play, Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee. One example from the play in which this type of unfair judgement is displayed is when the news of Henry Drummond being the defense attorney for Bert Cates was announced. “Henry Drummond, the agnostic… A vicious, godless man… Henry Drummond is an agent of darkness.
This presents a huge shift in thinking for Stephen and places value on things that would not be helpful in his current environment. The connotation of the flowers alludes to beauty, delicacy, and love and they have a symbolic emphasis on the fact that they are fragile. Both the roses and Stephen are described with innocence. Stephen’s willingness to explore other perspectives and realize his own identity ultimately allows him to gain independence and make choices which reflect his personal truths. “When the Polack began to tremble and moan, Stephen hesitated for a long time before he reached out to wake him.”
Because of the distance, Steve wants her true opinion of him with no biases, especially since he is Black. He wants to know who he is and wishes it would be as easy as seeing. Also, since he sees tears in his father’s eyes and sees people second-guess his character, his self-doubt is reaffirmed. In his diary entry, Steve uses the word ‘real’ because he wants people to see the non-superficial side of him. Steve desires people to not ask him or see him, but look into his heart.
The novel displays Steve’s father’s perception regarding his son’s presence in jail. Steve Harmon ends up in jail for suspected murder, leaving his innocence to be questioned by those closest to him. Steve’s father finds it difficult to believe that Steve is innocent. Steve’s father experiences “tears in his eyes” and “struggles with his emotions” just after Steve asks if his father believes that Steve is truly innocent (Myers 111).
In Zora Neale Hurston’s short story “The Gilded Six-Bits”, many different aspects can be justified and analyzed. One of the things I found most interesting was that Zora Neale Hurston attempted to objectify many of the characters. Objectifying means to treat someone, a physical being, as an object rather than a human. Zora Neale’s short story “The Gilded Six-Bits” is a great example of displaying female subjectivity in African American women’s narratives. Otis D. Slemmons, is one of the main characters who plays a very crucial role in the development on this story.
In the midst of all of this he finds a balance by focusing on what really matters. At the same time this keeps him focused on his main goal which is education. Education will be his family's way out of poverty. Through seeing his younger brother that is unemployed and will be having a child soon he looks beyond this and is genuinely proud of where he comes from. He realizes how strong his family is when he seems them fighting through poverty and making things.
Then he realizes that he was not going to stay with his money when he die. At the end, he helped his employee with a monetary situation. Further, he went to his nephew’s Christmas dinner. Significantly, this novel helps people retrain the meaning of being humble and kind with others. Something that is very important about this novel is that it teaches a lesson of helping others, because you are not going to stay with your money when you die.
As Mila Bron said, “In order to heal we must first forgive…and sometimes the person we must forgive is ourselves.” In “The Seventh Man” by Haruki Murakami the narrator should forgive himself for his failure to save K. because he could have died himself and he was not wholly in control of his actions during the life-or-death situation. The narrator was not responsible for the wave that killed K. and he should not punish himself for something that was out of his control. The narrator blamed himself for K.’s death, but in reality, he was not able to do anything without endangering his own life.
Throughout the Samurai’s garden, the majority of they ways that Stephen influences others is mainly by projecting himself amidst of all the other character’s problems. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as it had changed both Matsu, Sachi, and Keiko as people and their mindsets. When Keiko informs Stephen of their break up and her brother’s death, Stephen thinks, “I couldn’t imagine what it must mean for her family to lose their only son” (Tsukiyama 188). Instead of first being devastated of their break up and inquiring Keiko on why and being upset, he comforts her, knowing that she is going through a tough time. This shows that Stephen puts others before himself, and that in turn affects how people think of him and what their current state is.