Fictional Characters: Why do we like them so much?

Today was a “dress as your favourite character” Spirit Day at Y.I.S. In english, we looked at what it is about our favourite characters that make us like them so much. I’ve chosen Alaska from “Looking for Alaska” by John Green to examine. I like Alaska because even though she had lost so much in her life she didn’t give up (up until she commits suicide) and continued to try to stay strong. Even though she died, I believe she died blissfully as she adressed killing her self in the previous chapters and was drinking & smoking to numb the pain she had been feeling. She was a relatively happy character even though she had her moments of sadness, for someone without much left in her life I believe she was such an independent and strong character.

 

However, if an author just told us these things it would be pretty boing. Instead, they show us using characterisation techniques . Alaska is characterised as an independent, confident, smart, funny, relatable, and a principled character mostly through her relationships, and actions. Although she had said many great things such as, ““When adults say, “Teenagers think they are invincible” with that sly, stupid smile on their faces, they don’t know how right they are. We need never be hopeless, because we can never be irreparably broken. We think that we are invincible because we are. We cannot be born, and we cannot die. Like all energy, we can only change shapes and sizes and manifestations. They forget that when they get old. They get scared of losing and failing. But that part of us greater than the sum of our parts cannot begin and cannot end, and so it cannot fail.” and”“Francois Rabelais. He was a poet. And his last words were “I go to seek a Great Perhaps.” That’s why I’m going. So I don’t have to wait until I die to start seeking a Great Perhaps.”” I thought she was best described by her actions. How she was fearless when was given the threat of expulsion, how she talked about the great perhaps and the labyrinth we call life. Her relationships with her friends really showed what a great person she was and that was my biggest reason I love her.

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