How does David Almond represent the characters Michael, Mina, and Skellig in his book Skellig?

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Michael is the main character and protagonist with a kind and curious nature. He at the young age of 12 when he begins exploring questions surrounding life, death, loss, and belief in spirituality. While his baby sister is in the hospital he becomes more withdrawn and depressed. He grows to become less involved with his academics and football. However, he learns to become more observant in his friendship with Mina. At the end of the novel he learns to become more independent and ready to take care of his baby sister.

Mina, the neighbor who befriends Michael is an artistic, nature loving, and wise individual. She exhibits loyalty in her friendship to Michael by moving Skellig into hiding throughout the story. Her cheerful nature helps lighten the mood when Michael is sad. Her astute observations and thoughtfulness are influenced by the poems of William Blake. Subsequently, she prefers an environment without constraints and despises the formal education system. One of her interests lends to a theme of Skellig: wings. From her, Michael learns the spiritual components of birds and her associated symbolism of freedom.

Skellig's mysterious nature is never completely revealed. However, his depiction is written similar to that of a homeless man in a black suit who suffers from arthritis at the beginning. He has been abandoned in a the crumbling garage and is hesitant to trust Michael when he first offers help. After he is transported to an abandoned house to keep his identity secret he...

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