Touching Spirit Bear Character Analysis

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“Something very beautiful happens to people when their world has fallen apart: a humility, a nobility, a higher intelligence emerges at just the point when our knees hit the floor.” (Marianne Williamson). Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen, focuses on a boy named Cole who doesn’t care about anything and does whatever he wants. He ends up beating up a fellow student and goes to jail for it, but has a chance to get out by going to an island to “change” for the better. In fact he does end up changing for the better and overcomes some of his big challenges. Cole’s attitude, relationships, and environment develop into positive counterbalances that help him overcome adversity. For starters, Cole’s attitude was a big counterbalance for him that helped him overcome hardships. In the beginning of the book Cole acts like he doesn’t care and is constantly mad at the world. More specifically in this part of the book Cole is getting ready to leave for the island when he’s standing in front of the villagers changing. “Everyone thought he felt sorry for what he had done, and going to the island was his way of making things right. Nothing could be further from the truth. To Cole, this was just another big game”(Mikaelson 5). This shows how Cole had the attitude of “I don’t care”, which ended up putting him in jail and setting him farther into his problems. Near the end of the book Cole acts a lot different he starts to care about a lot more for others and changing himself.
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