Become one of the main characters from the novel?Become one of the main characters from the novel write in the style of the author of your novel, write a scene which involves a main character from...

Become one of the main characters from the novel?

Become one of the main characters from the novel write in the style of the author of your novel, write a scene which involves a main character from the novel struggling with a decision related to his/her identify. be sure to adopt the voice of the character

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mstultz72 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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This is an easy choice, as there are only two characters to choose from: the father and the son.  But, when you choose one, you must include the other, since the entire novel is an traveling dialogue between the two.  Neither of the characters has any private thoughts revealed since the narration is 3rd person.

Here's the basic style of the each character and McCarthy's style:

Son: asks many questions.  ("Are we the good guys.  Are we carrying the fire.")

Father: answers the questions affirmatively and compassionately ("Yes we are the the good guys.  Yes we are carrying the fire.")

Style: notice that McCarthy does not use question marks or many commas.  He keeps his questions and answers simple and metaphorical.  He uses much dark imagery in the description of the landscape but refuses to let it creep into the conversations between the father and sun.  So, the father's answers are a means of keeping the son safe, alive, hopeful, and motivated.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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This is fascinating.  I think that you can go in many directions here, but I cannot help but feel that the father is probably the best character to assume here.  The fact that the setting rendered is one where human beings are struggling to survive against the elements and one another makes it one where you can generate a great deal of thoughts in the process.  The idea of being able to carry on and endure, persevering through the most arduous of conditions is something that you, as assuming the role, should be able to grasp in a strong manner and talk about what it is you would do if you assumed the role of the father.  I would pay attention to how McCarthy describes what is being experienced, use that as a base and talk about how you fight through the elements to save your son.  At the same time, you should probably mention the fact that you, as the father, were married at one point in time and your wife is gone, presumably to suicide.  This causes an emotional burden, along with the physical toll of survival that can make assuming the father's voice quite a rich writing sample.

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