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What are Opal's traits in "Because of Winn-Dixie"? Can you please sum it up for me

In the beginning, Opal displays traits such as shyness, sadness, and loneliness. Later, after meeting Winn-Dixie, she comes out of her shell and displays traits such as friendliness, approachability, and bravery.

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Opal is a loving, optimistic young girl, which is all the more remarkable when one considers that her mother walked out on her when she was just three years old. In fact, Opal's optimism is fueled to a considerable extent by her firm belief that she will one day be reunited with her mother.

Nevertheless, the lack of a mother figure in Opal's life does make her feel incredibly lonely, as one can well imagine. But Opal's loneliness isn't scheduled to last for very long, as people are instinctively drawn towards her by her open, honest nature. As indeed is Winn-Dixie, who will form the closest bond of all with the new girl in town.

Despite her young age, Opal shows herself to be mature beyond her years in taking responsibility for the care of Winn-Dixie. And it's that maturity to which people in her new town automatically respond. It's clear to everyone she meets that this is a young lady with a responsible outlook on life. Once Opal has formed a close, loving bond with this very special...

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