William Drake Westervelt Character Analysis

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Characterization is the process by which reveals the personality of a character. It is revealed through direct characterization and indirect characterization. It is also one writing strategy William Drake Westervelt, the author, of “The Taming of the Sun” uses to develop the central idea of the aforementioned myth. The central idea is Maui after seeing his mother’s unrecompensed work due to the Sun’s fast journey, realizes how regular humans must be faring and decides to tame the Sun. In this myth, Westervelt mostly uses indirect characterization, which shows things that reveal the personality of a character. In the myth, Maui tames the sun to make days longer to help people get more work done during the day. His personality plays a big part in his taming of the Sun;…show more content…
When Maui meets and talks to the sun, these traits are shown, he says, “I have come for your help. You must stop behaving so selfishly. You move such too quickly! You make each day so short that my mother cannot finish any other tasks. It can take her a full year to make kapa! These who are not gods must have an even more difficult time!”, he also tell the sun a solution, (Westervelt 4). Maui states the problem, explains how the Sun’s actions affect others, giving examples, and he also has a solution. He was being selfless and taming the sun, not just for his mom, but for all of humanity. He was smart enough to realize if his mother, a descendant from a god, could not cope with the sun’s journey, then it must be even harder for regular humans. Added to his intelligence, he was also reasonable, he came armed with a solution, not only just a complaint. In the myth, “The Taming of the Sun”, the author, William Drake Westervelt, uses characterization to further develop the central idea. Westervelt’s use of indirect characterization gives the reader the ability to think for themselves and interpret the personality of Maui in their own
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