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Contents of the Dead Man's Pocket

by Jack Finney
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What kind of character is Tom in "Contents of the Dead Man's Pocket"?

In "Contents of the Dead Man's Pocket," Tom is a dynamic character and the protagonist. This means that he is the main character of the story, that he experiences some kind of conflict, and that he changes in a meaningful way as a result of overcoming said conflict.

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Tom Benecke is the protagonist of the story, the main character, and the one whom the action of the story follows. He is the character who goes through some kind of conflict and changes as a result of this conflict. This is one way to describe his character and his...

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Tom Benecke is the protagonist of the story, the main character, and the one whom the action of the story follows. He is the character who goes through some kind of conflict and changes as a result of this conflict. This is one way to describe his character and his role in the story.

Tom is also a dynamic character, as he changes in a fundamental and significant way throughout the story and as a result of the events that take place. At the beginning, he has a guilty conscience because he has told his wife that he has to work, though he does not really have to, and he knows that she would like for him to go to the movies with her. He is then willing to risk his very life, going out on a tiny ledge eleven stories above the street, to retrieve a piece of paper with data for a new project on which he's working. Tom puts work ahead of happiness—even life and limb. However, by the end of the story, Tom no longer makes this same choice. When that same paper flies back out the broken window, he merely laughs and has no thoughts of going to retrieve it; instead, he puts on his coat to go meet his wife at the movies. This shows how much his priorities have changed as a result of the story's events.

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