How does Mattie's character evolve in Fever 1793?

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Over the course of the book, Mattie develops from a regular teenage girl into a mature young woman.

When the story begins, Mattie has to be roused out of bed by her mom, who needs her to do some chores. But Mattie is incredibly lazy and deeply resents having to...

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do anything that might resemble hard work. Contrast this with how she behaves later on in the story when her mom goes missing. Under these trying circumstances, Mattie is forced to take on the running of the coffeeshop, which she does with remarkable efficiency. There's certainly no sign of the lazy young adult we saw earlier.

Mattie also develops emotionally throughout the story. To some extent, this is a result of the empathy that she's gained from tending to the sick. At first, she gives the impression that she regards Nathaniel Benson as a good friend but nothing more. It's only later on, when she discovers than Nathaniel didn't die from the fever, that she realizes she's developed deep feelings for him.

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How does Mattie change throughout Fever 1793?

Matilda Cook (Mattie) is the protagonist of Fever 1793, a young adult historical novel by Laura Halse Anderson that takes place in Philadephia during a yellow fever outbreak that killed ten percent of the city's population.

Mattie is an adolescent who is transformed and matures throughout the course of the story, a process accelerated by the challenges she faces during the epidemic.

Mattie, her mother, and grandfather run the Cook Coffeehouse. In the beginning of the story, Maddie has not yet grown into the full capacity of physical and emotional strength that she reaches by the end of the novel. She is still a soft-bodied young girl who likes to sleep in and tries to avoid her chores.

The outbreak of the epidemic changes her relaxed outlook. Mattie comes down with the illness but recuperates quickly. But her mother becomes seriously ill, and when her grandfather succumbs to the disease, Mattie must attend to the body and make sure he receives a proper burial.

Mattie grows physically into a thin and strong young woman. She competently takes charge of running the family business with the help of a trusted partner, Eliza, and steps into young adulthood with grace and confidence.

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