The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis

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How is Kenny a dynamic character in The Watsons Go to Birmingham?

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A dynamic character grows and changes over the course of a story. Kenny undergoes a number of changes as he experiences the events depicted in the novel. For instance, Kenny initially sees Rufus as his ticket out of being bullied but later adapts to the situation and is eventually excited for them to be close friends. A more significant example is that after the church bombing, Kenny regrets running away in fear rather than rushing in to save Joey. Kenny's brother, Byron, who Kenny looks up to, saved Kenny when he was in danger, and so Kenny feels that he should have acted to save Joey. Eventually Byron calms him down and convinces him that he doesn't need to feel guilty, but the lesson will undoubtedly stick with Kenny.

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In literature, a dynamic character is a character who changes throughout the course of the story. The opposite of this is a static character.

Kenny Watson, a character in the novel The Watsons Go to Birmingham, written by Christopher Paul Curtis , is a dynamic character....

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