Character Sketch Example: Mirror Image

The story “Mirror Image” by Lena Coakley is about the character Alice trying to find her true self in the midst of an identity crisis. The character’s struggle was caused when she and her dad had an accident where she made it but her dad didn’t. But the thing is, her body didn’t quite make it too. So they had to do a brain transplant. Now Alice is considered as a new person by her sister but she is in denial with it. Her twin sister Jenny is also quite upset and feels she is but a stranger to their home.
Having a new body, she described her appearance in the story. On her new body, she seems to be slim and more mature than her old body. It is proved when she said there were no cellulites on her thighs which are fats found in thighs and buttocks. Also, she said her body weighed much more than her old body meaning her new body is more mature . Another trait indicated in the story was she had clean and pretty face. On the story, Alice said that no one told her that she was ugly and her face never had zits on it. Lastly she had big brown eyes. In the hospital when she’s in bed and got her body, when she looked into the mirror, she saw an unfamiliar face, her face with big brown eyes.
Alice can be described as an adaptive person. She learned to adapt to her new body and to her new friends, new environment. Alice is also a proud person. She keeps boasting about her new features compared to old body. Alice is also confident. Since she got her body replaced she decided to join cheerleading. And she had the confidence that Alice and her family will get through this struggle of hers.

In the story, the character focused on finding herself. Her motivation was to prove what’s inside that body of hers is the same Alice they know and used to be with. Evidence is that her sister won’t let her read her diary for a reason that Jenny is no longer comfortable being with her and looks at her as a stranger to their house. Also, it is on the part where she tasted the cake and her taste buds didn’t like it. She wants to prove that the chocolate with mocha cream cake that her mother made for her was still her favourite cake even after the body change. Lastly, Alice wants to show that what Mr. Jarred saw and talked to was not her daughter Gail, but a different person, her accent, the way she walks and even when he looked into her eyes.
If brain transplant were ever possible, anyone may be in a position like Alice where she had to go find her true self lost in the midst of an identity crisis. It may be hard but the character was able to adapt to her new body, following the consequences that her sister sees her as a stranger and unsure about her having a new body.


How Does Fitzgerald Present the Character of Nick Caraway as a Narrator and Character

In The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald presents a specific portrait of American society during the roaring twenties and tells the story of a man who rises from the gutter to great riches. This man, Jay Gatsby, does not realize that his new wealth cannot give him the privileges of class and status. Nick Carraway who is from a prominent mid-western family tells the story. Nick presents himself as a reliable narrator, when actually several events in the novel prove he is an unreliable narrator.Although Nick Carraway may be an unreliable narrator, he is the best narrator for the novel because he creates the correct effect.
Nick Carraway wants the reader to think his upbringing gave him the moral character to observe others and not pass judgment on them. If this were true he would be a reliable narrator. A hint to Nick’s true moral character is given on the first page of the novel when he misunderstands his father’s advice. His father said, “Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages you’ve had. Clearly his father was telling him of the importance of not criticizing others, but Nick interprets this as a judgment on others .This shows how Nick’s upbringing has actually made him a judgmental snob toward others. He is not partial; he judges and condemns nearly every character in the novel.
He says Tom Buchanan has “Straw hair, a hard mouth, a supercilious manner, and a cruel body with which he pushes people around. ” Daisy Buchanan is described as insincere and snobbishly thinks she “has been everywhere, and seen everything and done everything. Myrtle Wilson is said to “carry her excess flesh sensuously. ” and the rest of her friends and even her sister, are judged by Nick simply because they consort with Myrtle, who Nick holds in very low regard. These are but a few examples of the judgments Nick passes about the characters in this novel. When Nick does this to the other characters it shows how he cannot resist the temptation to be critical of every little fault with each character whether it has to do with their appearance, personality, or actions.Nick is an unreliable narrator mainly because he is partial to certain characters in the novel.

Currently this is most prominent with Daisy’s character who Fitzgerald shows as snobbish, self centred and not very likeable. Nick however, due to an obvious love, or maybe lust for Daisy doesn’t seem to register her flaws, or so does but chooses to ignore them. Also his ever evolving opinion of Jay Gatsby shows us how our knowledge depends on his, as the more he learns about Gatsby (even though most are conflicting and mostly gossip related) his views change and so, so do ours.His almost Romantic view of him seems to cloud his other Judgements that Gatsby is a shady character, who’s rumouring stories all seem to pain him in a dark light, but again Nick seems not to acknowledge this face, similar to how he is with Daisy. Maybe he does this because he admires Gatsby’s passion and commitment to his dreams, something he himself is afraid to do. Gatsby’s biggest dream ( as we can tell by this point but also due to reading ahead) was to have his true love Daisy Buchanan as his own. He was in love with her but could not have her because they were not on the same social level.
This does not stop him from pursuing her anyway. While Nick is willing to overlook Gatsby’s shady practices and Daisies selfish nature and even Toms violence towards Myrtle , He is very critical of What seems to be the lower classes, showing Nicks snobbish side to be rather more prominent that he first lets the reader realise In chapter two Nick gets drunk with Tom Buchanan and several other people at Myrtle’s apartment. The majority of chapter two is distorted because Nick gets more intoxicated as the chapter goes on.He even admits to the reader that he is not completely clear on what is happening: “I have been drunk just twice in my life and the second time was that afternoon, so everything that happened has a dim hazy cast over it… When I came back they had disappeared so I sat down discreetly in the living room and read a chapter of “Simon Called Peter” either it was terrible stuff or the whiskey distorted things because it didn’t make any sense to me”.
How can the reader be sure Nick was in his right mind throughout the rest of the novel? Other parts like this could be distorted to.Nick Carraway may be an unreliable narrator but he is the best narrator for the novel because he creates the correct effect. He is a first person narrator who is involved in the action of the novel. This method lends “compactness and unity” to the novel since the reader only knows what Nick experiences. Everything is filtered through his mind. Nick’s personality causes him to continually morally judge himself and the other characters. Since these judgments come from a character involved in the action of the novel they seem to arise “spontaneously” from the action itself.
This makes for a more “unified and self contained” effect than if the final moral judgments were imposed from the outside by the author. Throughout The Great Gatsby Nick shows he is an unreliable narrator even though he claims that his upbringing gave him the moral character to not pass judgment on others. In reality he is a judgmental snob who passes judgment on nearly every character in the novel based on personality faults and their actions. He often misinterprets things the characters do. He even gets drunk in chapter two which distorts everything.Nick is partial to Jay Gatsby because Gatsby has the guts to chase after his dreams. Gatsby represents the American dream; he rose up from the gutter to fabulous wealth and gets the chance to pursue the girl he loves.
He will never be able to have her though because he does not have the same class or status as Daisy. Nicks undeniable loneliness seems to draw him to other characters even if they are particularly unsavoury, such as tom, he clings to them as if he cant let go, but he still drifts on the outside.Nick does stand apart from the others. He is the observer, the reporter, and ultimately the judge of the others. He is among the glittering crowd but apart from them. He takes part in the parties at Gatsby’s, Mrytle’s apartment, and at the Plaza Hotel, and yet he stands aloof. He weakly tries to connect with Jordan, but he does not seem to be trying to accept her flaws.
He is, perhaps, in his own way as lonely as Gatsby. Part of what causes his loneliness is sense of moral superiority. It would be interesting to discover whether or not Nick


A Character Analysis of the Book “A Painted House”

How do unpleasant realities of life are presented and experienced by a seven-year-old boy? As the child travels from being an innocent into becoming an experienced person, both the good and bad facets of life will eventually shape his emotions, perspectives and dealings with other people.

In doing so, the breaking of the child’s innocence turns into a learning experience which he and even the people around him may use as an instrument to continue living in accordance with the norms of the society. While it is expected that life realities, when witnessed from a boy’s point of view, may be rather unclear or incomplete, this does not necessarily mean that the child is totally unaware and unmoved of its accompanying and eventual implications.

This is because a child may be physically small but he is able to grasp what the society is presenting to him and ultimately identifies the good and bad things which he needs to keep and disregard, respectively. Manifestations of such abilities are evident among almost all children because they are naïve by nature.
Such innate and youthful characteristics open a child to many opportunities and possibilities. When guided properly, a child may use life realities, however harsh they are, to work to his or her advantage and even to the benefit of other people and the society in general.
One book which ideally depicts the said quality of a child in John Grisham’s 2001 book titled “A Painted House.” Aside from its notable plot, which is about the story-telling of a seven-year-old boy of the struggles facing his family’s cotton-picking business in rural Arkansas in 1952, the Grisham novel is most worth-reading because of the character of the young protagonist – Luke Chandler (Grisham, 2001).
In fact, it is the said struggles which brought out the best in Luke because of the fact that even at a young age, he is determined to help out in their business and in his little way, solve the problems even if his mother always tells him: “Don’t worry.
The men will find something to worry about” (Grisham 1). The ways how Luke dealt with his growing-up miseries through his exposure to the cruel realities of life, Grisham succeeded in imparting to the public a touching novel about a child’s journey from being an innocent child into becoming a knowledgeable person (Grisham, 2001).
Manifestations of above awakening are evident with the power of Luke to overcome the cruelties in his life which he personally witnessed. These include a murder, a rape incident which has resulted into pregnancy and an illegitimate child, the poverty of the Mexicans and hill people and other adult-related obstacles.
The novel, as seen from the view of Luke, told of the unwavering determination of the Chandler family to make their business survive and show to the people of Arkansas that despite living in an unpainted house, their cotton-picking trade will pick up. While the author stands out in his law-related books because of their plots, Grisham’s A Painted House novel definitely shines because of the character of Luke.
Using the first-person point of perspective of Luke, the author effectively provided the public with a view of the hardships which then challenged the people of Arkansas (Grisham, 2001).
Through the eyes of Luke, A Painted House serves as a blank paper where the author excellently writes the details which happened in the United States after World War II. The character of the protagonist is one which is filled with many real incidents and people albeit presented through Luke’s youthful point of view. In fact, Luke’s life is very simple and his world is small with the family’s business of cotton-picking being his concentration.
The child in Luke is presented in the book many times with the Chandler family trips to town on Saturdays, church activities on Sundays, special treats at carnivals and the boy’s ultimate dream to play baseball as attested by his statement that he will not be a farmer but a baseball player (Grisham 5).
However, as Luke takes on his journey, becomes exposed to the characters in his life such as his family and the workers composed of the hill people and Mexicans as well as harsh realities of life, the boy unwittingly somehow grows as an experienced person even at a young age.
Hence, it is worthy to consider how Luke, in his simple yet uplifting manner, is able to address and cope with cruel issues which confronted his young life. The life realities which are too enormous and difficult for Luke to realize but triumphantly handled include the ethical conflicts about a murder case, a child born out of wedlock and even the financial destruction that hit the area.
Despite these cruelties which Luke’s innocence may be unable to understands, it is remarkable to consider that the boy’s naïve personality managed the said dilemmas. Beyond Luke’s notable traits and abilities in his original innocence as manifested by his child-like faith when he believes that God has control over anything just like there is reason when rains sweep away their harvests.
It is during the boy’s journey, where he is faced with the true events of life, that Luke is able to attain his experience and realizes that indeed there is reason for every thing that happens. This is evident when he said “I was certain there was a reason the Cardinals lost the pennant, but I couldn’t understand why God was behind it” (Grisham 251).


Sammy Character in the A&P by John Updike

There are certain rules in our society which people have to consider. Some people try to deny the regulations of the society, although, their rebellion is an illusion due to the fact that the system of norms is more powerful than they think. Sammy, the main character of A&P by John Updike is among those people whose way of live is standard.
He is not poor, but his opportunities do not allow him to reach a higher position in society. Sammy is a nineteen-year-old boy who works as a cashier at a grocery store in a small town. His values and convictions change after he meets higher-class girls who want to rebel and challenge the norms imposed by the society. This essay is aimed to analyze how the aspect of rebellion is demonstrated through the social background of the main character.
Sammy’s protest against the class differences is depicted by John Updike using the literary means such as plot, style, imagery and language. The first-person narration is used by the writer in order to disclose the narrator’s true character. Moreover, the narration flows in such a way which gives the reader some food for thought. There cannot be a common view on the flow of narration, because John Updike wants the readers to pose questions about the genuine reasons of Sammy’s motivation and behavior.

The writer uses the language means that precisely identify Sammy’s personality, his lifestyle and social status, however, the message that the writer wants to transmit is not apparent. In addition, the first person narration is significant in order limit Sammy’s point of view. This makes him accept wrong judgments and think positively about the girls who visit the store.
Sammy is delighted by the freedom which the girls have and wants to break public rules as they do. He thinks they have a sense of liberty which Sammy does not have and this makes him to rebel. When the owner of the store drives the girls away, Sammy openly takes their side because he wants to become one of them: “The girls, and who’d blame them, are in a hurry to get out, so I say “I quit” to Lengel quick enough for them to hear, hoping they’ll stop and watch me, their unsuspected hero” (Updike 100)
Despite Sammy’s efforts, his unexpected impulse to rebel is not successful, because freedom does not only depend on one’s willingness to achieve it. The finale of the short story is ironic because Sammy never meets the girls again and his strive to join them is not appreciated. In addition, the author wants the readers to understand that Sammy cannot break the social norms and rules because he belongs to a lower class than the girls and his desire to rebel is not supported by the same stability and position. Moreover, the writer underlines that Sammy is influenced by the illusion of freedom. The one who is ready to break the norms is certain about what to do next, but Sammy is not: “…my stomach kind of fell as I felt how hard the world was going to be to me hereafter” (Updike 101). Thus, it is evident that his rebellion is doubtful.
The sense of the rebellion is also visible in the way Sammy treats the store visitors. He thinks they are like sheep which make a crowd in the shop. Sammy thinks he is different from them, although, his position in society and the job he has indicate the opposite. Thus, the protagonist decides to quit the job in order to show that he is different and he can take control over his future.
There is an aspect which Sammy did not consider when showing his rebellion. He did not think about the consequences of his non conformity.
In case of upper-class girls who are treated badly in Sammy’s view, there is no strong negative effect on their lives. They know that their status will not be affected, so they can afford being brave and break the social norms. Due to their high position, they have more opportunities, unlike Sammy whose rebellion will have negative consequences. The finale of the story is open, but it is evident that there is no solution to the problem in Sammy’s mind. He realizes that his strive to freedom was illusionary and the outcome of his action cannot be predicted. Thus, the end of the story is a turning point where Sammy begins his own struggle against the societal norms and rules.
To conclude, the story A&P by John Updike shows an attempt of the main hero to deny the social norms and follow his own path. However, Sammy’s age and outlook shapes his action of rebellion, his social background puts some limitation on his chances to survive. The writer states that society is quite rude with the people who try to rebel, especially when they do not belong to higher and more powerful classes. In fact, Sammy can achieve a victory in this struggle but he understands that the outcome can be unpredictable because Sammy is not sure which benefits and risks can the freedom bring.


Othello Character Essay

Othello Character Essay In the play, Othello, by William Shakespeare, Othello is a general in the Venetian army, who also happens to be black and of Muslim descent, although he is a converted Christian. From the beginning of the play, Othello is victimized and characterized as an outcast in Venetian society. Throughout the play, Othello is mistreated and betrayed, despite his vast amount of love and trust for his friends or supposed friends. Othello is obviously the most repeatedly and most brutally victimized in the play by Iago, among others.
Right from the first scene of the play he is not given the dignity of a name, rather called by racial slurs such as “The Moor” (1. i. 63), “The Thick Lips” (1. i. 72) “Black Ram” (1. i. 97) and a “Barbary Horse” (1. i. 125). These blatantly disrespectful terms are used by both Roderigo and Iago, who is considered one of Othello’s close acquaintances. This shows the obvious lack of honor and respect shown by his so-called ‘friends’. Another example of Iago’s and other’s mistreatment of Othello comes in Act 2 Scene 3 between lines 235 to 261 where Iago lies straight to Othello’s face about what had transpired.
This shows that Iago can and will completely disregard Othello’s superiority and honesty and lie about what had happened and about his direct involvement in the fight. This leads to another example of Iago’s disregard for Othello’s authority and lack of trust in Othello’s decisionmaking as he tries to get Cassio to lose his lieutenancy. Another example of Iago victimizing Othello occurs in the very beginning of ‘The Temptation Scene’, Act 3, Scene 3. It happens in lines 40-47. Iago subtly plants a seed of doubt in Othello’s mind about Desdemona and Cassio’s relationship, and Cassio’s attitude towards Othello.

This is a very interesting part of the play because it is one of Iago’s most obvious observations intended to prod Othello’s jealousy. It also shows his ability to intentionally take advantage of his friends weaknesses, in this instance, Othello’s deep trust in Iago’s word and his jealousy surrounding Desdemona. A different example of Othello’s misguided jealousy and mistrust, placed in his head by Iago is the majority of Act 3, Scene 4, wherein Othello pressures Desdemona about his handkerchief.
This is important because Desdemona unknowingly played right into Iago’s plan by semi-ignoring Othello’s unrest to try to talk to him about Cassio, which angers Othello even more and adds to the envious thoughts already brewing in his head. All of these examples are instances of Iago’s ability to play on Othello’s emotions and feelings, leading to Othello becoming blinded by his own jealousy and rage. Othello is easily the most victimized in the play, tricked and beguiled away from his true thoughts by Iago’s lies and deception.