In the coming of age story Super Human by Nicola Yoon, Syrita is a dynamic character who is overwhelmed with and learning from her emotions. She was the first person to ever be saved by the superhero, X, and has been sent to stop him from destroying the world. She first admits that she has changed since being saved: “That’s how Syrita felt about herself too. There was the Syrita she’d been before she was almost killed—rich, frivolous, untouchable. And the Syrita she’d become after, was still becoming, really” (200). Syrita first acknowledges that she is still finding herself and who she is since that traumatic experience happened to her. The visit with X is making her confront a lot of things about herself and her connection with him. Furthermore, she is constantly trying to analyze and understand X to get to the reason why he wants to destroy everything and everyone. “And those black eyes are looking at her with equal parts pain and wrath. She wants to tell him not to be angry, but how can she ask that of him?” (207). She learns that X was shot by police earlier in his life just because of his race, and starts to see a whole new, complex side of him. She realizes that his past experiences are influencing him and his decisions more than she thinks. This allows her to make a big decision that will hopefully bring out the side of him he is losing. “She’s counting on his humanity. She walks over to the edge of the roof and falls backward” (209). Syrita is putting herself at a huge risk to show X that humanity is still valuable, and there is still a lot to live for. Overall, she has to learn a lot about X and what will convince him to spare the earth during a short period of time, with intense pressure, and everything at risk. There had to be a lot going on for her internally to be able to handle this situation.
In the Fresh Ink short story “Superhuman,” written by Nicola Yoon, the protagonist Syrita, is tasked with stopping the superhero X from destroying all of humanity. In the story, after much discussion with X, she realizes that her past beliefs that he was an Alien are proven false, and it is revealed that X is just a normal, hurting Human.
In the story, X is a dynamic character, because he shows many different emotions and opinions throughout. During a flashback near the beginning of the story, we see get to see one side of X’s character.
On page 197, X saves Syrita by grabbing her out of the way of a speeding car, and following that Yoon writes: “After a while he stopped their ascent and they’d hovered in the air for a while. ‘You okay?’ He asked.” As we can see here, X is shown to be caring and compassionate towards the character he saved, showing one side of his character as kind and doing what is right.
However, later in the story, we see another side of X, one that is angry and hurting, after he has decided that he will destroy the human race. The text on page 202 reads, “I think i’m supposed to remind you of your humanity.’ ‘But I have no humanity. I’m an alien. Like Superman. You didn’t hear?’ He makes a noise like a laugh, but it is devoid of joy.” In this text, we see X’s real side, the side of him that is hurting and angry that people can’t recognize him as a human. After he brought himself into the world, everybody started to point out his race but also that he probably was an alien like superman and therefore did not have a race, or was even human. This hurt him, and was one of the reasons why he gave up on humanity.
This is why X from the Fresh Ink story “Superhuman” is a dynamic character, on one side he is kind and compassionate, doing what is right to protect others, but on the other side he is angry and hurt that people aren’t able to recognize him as a fellow human being.
The short story, “Tags” by Walter Dean Myers, is about a group of ghosts that all meet up at a wall to spray paint it in order to keep they’re names and memories alive. One of the protagonists, D’Mario, is a static character because even after he learns about the things he did to one of the other ghosts, J-Boy, he doesn’t care about his situation and doesn’t try to help or comfort him.
J-BOY “I ain’t leaving. You got no power over me, sucker.
D’MARIO “Fool’s dead and still talking smack! And tagging with a spray can. That’s old. You can’t tag with no spray can.”
This scene shows D’Mario’s personality towards other ghosts and how he likes to insult others, even when he’s just meeting them for the first time. His smack-talking personality also shows up when another character, Willie, talks about his death.
D’MARIO “How did you go down?”
. . .
WILLIE “Yeah, and all I wanted to do is get some cigarettes, let the fool know I could have robbed him, and walk out the damned door! but now I’m struggling with this old man and he’s holding onto my gun and crying and begging and carrying on. I ain’t letting the gun go and he ain’t letting the gun go. Then the two sisters come in ans see what’s going on and duck right back out. I think they might be calling the cops or something, so I let go of the gun and punch the old man, and it goes off and hits me in the neck.”
D’MARIO “You killed yourself!”
Even after Willie opens up and shares his story about his death, all D’Mario does is make fun of him, again not caring about his words or actions. Even during emotional moments, D’Mario doesn’t care about his actions, or the people around him. This type of characteristic appears again later towards the end of the story where he finds out that he had killed one of the ghosts that were also in the room with him,
J-BOY (Reaches for D’MARIO but goes through him) “You killed me, m***er***r! You killed me! you killed me!”
. . .
D’MARIO “Man, I didn’t know what was going on. It was an accident!” . . . “You can’t do nothing to me now. I can’t do nothing to you. It’s too late. The shit is over. We can’t turn it back.”
This scene is the most key evidence that D’Mario is a static character because after J-Boy breaks down in a state of emotional distress, learning that D’Mario killed him, all D’Mario says to him, is that J-Boy being killed, is just life. Never once apologizing for his actions, or comforting him as he breaks down crying.
The short story, “Tags” by Walter Dean Myers presents the ghost of Big Eddie as a round and dynamic character. To start off, Big Eddie is shown to have emotions inside of himself, even though he is in the afterlife. The story is set in a place where the dead walk upon the living, with “Tags” being the way people could remember the deceased. Big Eddie confirms this by saying, ‘”When that old dude told me you could still be in the world as long as people kept you in their minds, I knew what I had to do. They see these tags and they remember”‘ (Pg.74). Eddie explains how he knows that if someone makes tags, people in the non-deceased world remember them. This reveals how Big Eddie is someone who has hidden emotions by hinting that he fears being forgotten in the world, further developing his character. Additionally, Big Eddie explains how he died, which is able to make the reader to figure out more clues about the character. Big Eddie claims, ‘”I told this dude to meet me in the park and he said okay. When he showed with the money, I tried to take him off, and he flashed a badge on me.’ ‘A cop.’ ‘Yeah. I had my piece out and was about to hit the dude, when his partner shot me”‘ (Pg.74-75). Big Eddie opens up that he was someone who was killed by a police officer for selling drugs and attempted assault. This unlocks the fact that Big Eddie was someone who was caught up in the criminal lifestyle and paid the heavy price. This is able to make Big Eddie much less admirable, but a much more depth character. To finish off, Big Eddie is able to show more feelings about himself, unlocking a new door in his mind. In the story, different characters are explaining to each other how they died, with a few of them freaking out about what happened. Big Eddie does not freak out but he does say this, “‘Being alive ain’t tagging. Being alive is walking the damned streets, and making love, and listening to some music. This is just hanging on to what you know already is gone. This ain’t nothing like no life”‘ (Pg.83). Eddie realizes that this life in the afterworld is much more than being alive. This predicts that Big Eddie regrets his actions that caused him his death. He realizes that the rest of his afterlife is in shame and pain. He can never go back, which makes the reader come back to respect him once again because he is ashamed of his actions. These pieces of evidence prove that Big Eddie from “Tags” is a round character in the story.
In Daniel Jose Older’s short story A Stranger at the Bochinche, the main character Ramses is a static character. This is shown through Ramese’s devotion to Rosie, his girlfriend. A ‘stranger’ from a rival group causes mischief and steals Rosie’s notebook. Daniel says, right after the stranger does this, “Ramses hadn’t said a word in as long as anyone had known him. Rosie knew how to read the tiny details of his face like it was a language of its own.” As stated before, Rosie and Ramses seem to have a solid relationship. After this, Rosie and Ramses chase down the stranger to get back Rosie’s notebook. When they find it they say, “You have my notebook?” Rosie whispered. Ramses nodded, barely suppressing his smile. He knew what to do.“Then let’s go,” Rosie said, clutching him tightly. Though this is an isolated incident and probably not the best story to fit the prompt, I do feel like Rosie and Ramses’ relationship is a strong example of a static character.
In the story “Kodama’s Ramen Shop,” by Ellen Oh, the grandmother is a dynamic character because by the end of the story she changes her attitude towards her non-Japanese family members and her attitude toward Korean food. Obaasan, as she is referred to in the story, realizes how much it hurts her granddaughter when she makes derogatory comments about aspects of Korean culture. There are many instances throughout the story where the main character, Jessie, talks about how her grandmother is racist, and has never treated people such as her mom or aunt well. “Auntie Mio was half-Japanese and half-Black, and although Mio spoke perfect Japanese, Obaasan never let her forget that she wasn’t 100 percent Japanese.” (160). Although Jessie’s Aunt was family, her grandmother never respected her because she was racist, and didn’t like anyone who wasn’t entirely Japanese. She wouldn’t let her help with certain things in her ramen shop because she did not trust that she would be able to do them well. Jessie resents her grandmother for always being rude to her late mother, who was Korean, and always hating her food. “Obaasan hated Korean food, but she seemed to hate kimchi the most. Jessie’s mom had to buy a small kimchi refrigerator and put it in the garage because Obaasan wouldn’t allow it in the kitchen.” (162). One day, a Korean customer came to their family’s ramen shop and asked for a spice or condiment like Kimchi to spice up the ramen which really infuriated Obaasan who insulted the customer under her breath. This was the final straw for Jessie who finally expressed her true feelings about how her Grandma mistreated Jessie’s mother simply because she was Korean. The explosive confrontation between Jessie and Obaasan led to Obaasan being hospitalized and then realizing that she has acted poorly toward people simply because they were of a different race. She realized her poor and unfair treatment of Jessie’s mother could ruin her ongoing relationship with the granddaughter she loves so dearly. “I was such a fool. I let my pride ruin everything, and I let my pride ruin everything… Will you teach me her kimchi recipe?” (177).
It’s been a while since I visited the cafe. I also haven’t seen my old friends since the last day before I left to join the Navy. I have three more years and then I’m off to college. I’ve met so many new people here in the Navy. Mostly People were sent here by their fathers because they weren’t behaving or didn’t have the money to get their kids through college. I’ve still been working on paintings and work. A new opportunity has opened up for me to show my paintings at a show. David a guy I met here says he would be happy to show my work at a show. “Are you ready for the big day? only three weeks left.” He says to me. “Yup, the painting is almost ready for the show,” I respond knowing I am not 3/4 of the way there. I’m hoping the painting sells well that way I can show that I can show my father that there’s more to life than a farm and I also need the money. I continue working on my painting It’s hard finding time to work on it for multiple hours. It’s not easy balancing between working on the painting and being in the Navy.
Three hours until the show and I finished my painting yesterday. I go to check into the show in the lobby of the local Marriot. “Table number 5, 3rd row.” The lady says to me when I walk in. I’m surrounded by art work that glows and sticks out. It is gonna be hard to get mine notice. After the long five hours I spent telling people about my work saying the same 3 lines, they announce whose art work sold for the most. “Congratulations, to all the contestants but now to reveal the biggest earning. The painting that sold for the most is Mr. Zakary in row 3.” I go to collect the money and think about what I will do with it. I know I will save most of it and it is also nice to have this money going into college.
In “Be Cool for Once”, the author makes Shirin a dynamic (though still very cliche) character, by using the difficult decision coming of age trope. Shirin is at a concert for her favorite band when she sees her crush, Jeffery. At the beginning of the story, she is terrified of having to speak to him because she lacks confidence in herself. “And that’s when he caught Shirin staring. Shirin jolted, then froze, an electron trapped in the beam of a microscope. Her location known, she couldn’t move.” (57). This establishes Shirin’s fearful attitude about Jeffery at the beginning of her character. Without this anxious starting point, there wouldn’t be room for the growth that comes later.
After talking to him for a little bit, Shirin builds up the courage to confess her feelings. However, she still isn’t fully confident in herself. “‘Jeffery I have been in love with you since forever.’… ‘I’m going to leave, and you’re not going to follow me, can you do that?’… Shirin didn’t turn around as she left, because she didn’t think she could bear it.” (66). Here, Shirin starts to grow by confessing her feelings to Jeffery, but she still hasn’t completely overcome her fear, because she left as she was too scared to see what Jeffery would say. This marks the halfway point in her evolution as a character.
Finally, at the end of the night, Shirin finally overcomes her fear and summons the bravery to talk to Jeffery after confessing her feelings. She learns that the feeling is mutual and ends up kissing him. “Jeffery smiled from ear to ear. Shirin returned the grin. She took his hand and pulled him outside… ‘Come on,” she said. ‘We’ve got a date with a band.’” (70). Shirin has fully completed her arc of growth through a difficult decision, as she kissed Jeffery and held his hand confidently, without any of her previous fear. Through making a difficult decision and overcoming her fear, she was able to become confident around Jeffery and leave behind the stress of her previous self. The difficult decision trope allows Shirin to develop as a character, making her a dynamic protagonist.
In the short story “Tags” the story is about a couple of boys that are into graffiti but they also live in a dangerous area where many of them make illegal deals with people. Many of the people in there town carry guns including them. In tags there is a character named Willie who is a dynamic character. Towards the start he is very relaxed with the lines, “Yeah. This your first wall tonight?” on page 73 showing that they are going to spray paint multiple walls that night. Also in the line, “No, I ain’t scared. You know some dudes just give up, but I ain’t stopping, man. I got to hold on. How about you?” on page 74 shows that even if it starts to get dangerous he won’t stop the graffiti. But, later on in the story he starts to get amped up and started to exert more feelings in the lines, ” On a humble! I went into this bodega to get some cigarettes, and the owner-this old fucking dude-is eyeing me like I’m fixing to steal something. So just out of spite, I put my gun in his face. He panicked and started saying something in Spanish and English about “just take the money.” But he grabs hold of my nine and he’s afraid to let it go.” on page 79 and the lines, “Yeah, and all I want to do is get some cigarettes, let the fool know I could have robbed him, and walk out the damned door! But now I’m struggling with this old man and he’s holding on to my gun and crying and begging and carrying on. I ain’t letting the gun go and he ain’t letting the gun go.Then two sisters come in and see what’s going on and duck right back out. I think they might be calling the cops or something, so I let go of the gun with one hand to punch the old man, and it goes off and hits me in the neck.” also on page 79. In another line it shows that he can’t even finish the story due to him getting emotional, “No! The old man had his finger on the trigger! The shot broke something in my neck and I didn’t feel anything. I know I was on the ground and… (Willie is breathing heavily as he remembers the moment.) I thought I was just hurt bad. When the ambulance guys got there and looked me over, right away they started making nice-nice to the dude who shot me, trying to make him feel better. Then they put me in a bag and started… (Willie can’t continue.)” These lines show the fact that Willie can get very emotional and very heated fast just due to a memory
A Boy’s Duty : by Sharon G. Blake
Zakary James, the main character of “A Boys Duty” ( by Sharon G. Blake) is a character whose goal solidifies through hardship, which makes him a dynamic character. Zakary was a sixteen year old when he left his father’s farm to pursue his dream of becoming a professional map maker. Unlike other kids his age who leave home, Zakary wasn’t running away, he was running towards his goals. Zakary demonstrates his commitment to his dreams many times in the story. One example is where he is offered money and doesn’t take it because he doesn’t see himself as homeless or a person whom would take a handout (Blake, 127). Zakary is different from his friends because he doesn’t steal, he finds a place to live, and he earns his keep. There is a turning point for Zakary when his friends rob the café Zakary lives in. At first he runs with them to avoid the police, but then realizes this won’t help him achieve his goals. Instead he goes back to the café and takes responsibility for his actions (Blake, 131-132). Zakary chooses hardship to fulfill his dreams, and doesn’t take the easy way out like his friends by stealing because he feels like that’s giving up on his dream. Zakary´s dynamic shift is the process of holding onto his dreams through adversity.
Sarah is the 15th song on Alex G’s 2012 album Trick. This song seems to be about feeling guilty about an ex. Lyrics like “Every day I’ll make promises that plague Sarah’s heart” and “Did I make a mistake?” make it feel very regretful. That first line feels like an especially regretful reflective statement about the empty promises he wishes he hadn’t made. In the opening verses, he paints a very abstract but evocative picture of Sarah and his memory of her. The metaphors used are very powerful while remaining interesting and fresh from a lyrical perspective, but also in their own context as poetry.
In “Be Cool for Once” the character Shirin is a dynamic character. She starts off not being brave. She likes a guy but she’s never made moves on him. Occasionally she’d ask for a protractor or a sharpie in order to talk to him but she was awkward and still shy about telling him how she felt. She sees him at a concert by artists she enjoys and questions it because he didn’t like those artists. She’s under the impression that he is waiting for a girl. “She didn’t know how to be brave and be herself.” Later on she gets more comfortable and has real conversations with him. According to the text “I can kiss my elbow.” Shirin explains that’s something she can do but Jeffery ended up being the one not being able to. She thought he was perfect but him not being able to do that changed her opinion a little.
Additionally, she had a strong opinion about a movie about car chases but she did end up watching it because he liked it.”Bullshit, asshole. No one likes the tuna here.” She said that to grab his attention while he walked about to let him know she was interested in him, to let herself and him know that now she was brave and an adventurer. He decided to go somewhere hes never been just to see her and spend time with her while listening to her favorite band. “You came to see a band you’ve never heard.” He did this because he liked her and he knew it was her favourite band and that was the time he could be alone with her and cherish this moment. They kissed and held hands to the car they were going to leave in. She goes from being a shy, observer to someone who is adventurous and takes risks. The first time she goes to a concert by herself she gets a boyfriend. When growing up sometimes it’s okay to take risks, hiding in the shadows can cause you to miss out on things that can make you happy.
The book Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo is an enthralling adventure that makes you wish you had more time to sit down and read. I almost finished with this fantasy novel and would highly recommend to anyone looking for a new adventure to follow and a new world to be introduced to. The story revolves around six older teenagers, who work as a team for the sole purpose of pulling of a very risky heist. What makes this story even more complicated though, is that each chapter is told by a different one of them and you get to know them and their backstories very well. The author makes this a funny, but also serious adventure that focuses on love, revenge, and greed as they navigate their lives in a magical world.
Metro 2033 is a post apocalyptic novel in the formerly grandiose catacombs of the long since decayed corpse of Moscow, Russia.
Written by the Russian writer Dmitry Glukhovsky, who created his bestselling novel after becoming enthralled with apocalyptic stories and the interesting nature and uses of the Moscow Metro
This novel is set a fresh 20 years after the end of the world, where the former citizens of Moscow have been reduced to less than moles living in the durable yet decaying tunnels of the once beautiful Moscow Metro. Though nobody knows who fired first, what came of it was destruction. The citizens of Moscow rushed into the metro as the bombs fell, those who could be considered unlucky survived and those who did not make it were either gunned down in protest or evaporated in nuclear hellfire. However, the story begins with one such survivor, nameless they may be, important nonetheless because they are the mother of the then one-year-old Artyom, our protagonist. The story starts (like many others) with our protagonist the aforementioned Artyom awakening, but this time to an argument between his adoptive father: Alexander Sukhoi and his father’s friend Hunter. Taking place directly outside of his tent. While the cause of the argument is unknown to us, we can listen to the argument through Artyom’s ears as he eavesdrops on the spat. The topic of the argument is about the future of humanity and more importantly the looming threat to the subterranean citizens of the metro, the “Dark Ones”, boogeymen for the people of Moscow. Hunter prevails and wins the argument Sukhoi lurks off in defeat, Hunter having noticed Artyom eavesdropping calls out to him. Finally Hunter Gives Artyom a request, one that will send him across the entirety of the metro and will ultimately decide the fate of the humans that dwell under the deceased corpse of Moscow.
Metro 2033 is an amazing book that can immerse even a rock into it’s living world.
By constantly describing the environment that the characters live in, whether it be a frigid and grimy tunnel or a station converted into a town bursting with life, rife with the smell of manure and rat-kebabs. Glukhovsky likes to leave hints throughout his books, they could be small yet meaningful metaphors, or unassuming sentences that foretell the end of the story. The main actors in this depressing book, feel like people, they act on fear, they have meaningless conversations, and they live.
As much as I like this book it has some flaws.
Mainly redundancy, the environments the book trudges through are usually grey, light grey, dark grey, etc. Now this is not to say there are no exceptions. One thing is action or lack thereof it. If Glukhovsky is good at one thing it’s action, whenever (if rarely) there is a fight or a high-stakes situation. You can smell the stale air abundant with gunpowder, you can see the flashes among the blue rays of sunlight peeking through the cracks in the metro, and you can feel the glow of the blood red emergency lights reaching every corner of the tunnel as you are rocked back and forth by the reverberations of gunfire. However the wonderful paragraphs that are his action rarely appear. Throughout the book Artyom is traveling through dingy tunnels monologuing on the nature of his quest to save the metro, or having philosophical conversations with a stranger.
Ultimately Metro 2033 is not a book for everyone.
If you have a short attention span or do not have the time to put in, then this book I would not recommend for you, but by all means please do read it if you want to! On the other hand if you love long reads and want something to kill time Metro 2033 is perfect for you, along with the rest of the series: Metro 2034, and 2035. Or if you want to see the Metro with your own eyes 4A games and Deep Silver have adapted the books into a video game series of the same name: Metro 2033, Last Light, and Exodus all great games with praise from critics and journalists everywhere! in the end you should read Metro 2033 before world war three really does happen!
I am still reading Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor, and so far it has great potential to be a great and profound book. Binti is a sci-fi afrofuturism trilogy about Binti and her Meduse friend Okwu. Binti is going back home from where she is currently staying, Oomza University. So far I believe that Okwu is the most complex character because they can very mean and cold hearted but also compassionate and empathetic. A internal conflict Binti is experiencing is her worry’s about how her family will think of her. Ever sense she left her family secretly to go to Oomza Uni, she was worried how her family would treat and think of her because she left so abruptly. I think that the book builds tension by creating new conflicts which leads to her having to accomplish something to solve the problem. So far I think its going to be a good and exiting book.
this book was a very good book to read for me it kept me reading the whole time. the book follows and boy in high school who wants to fit in better, so he decides to take action but those actions end up have there bad side show a bit more. this book for me was 5/5 very good book i would for sure to read this book.
I am still reading One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus, and so far I really like it. It follows a mystery from the perspective of a group of high schoolers who were all in detention when their classmate had an allergic reaction and died. I’m kind of at a calm point of the story where nothing big is happening because of the investigation, but it still stays interesting throughout the whole story.
This song represents the feeling of realizing that you are actually growing up. I feel like this song can relate to anyone in high school because high school is a time in life where you should enjoy every moment because it will go away very fast. https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/billieeilish/gettingolder.html
I’m getting older, I’ve got more on my shoulders
But I’m getting better at admitting when I’m wrong
I’m happier than ever, at least that’s my endeavor
This verse is a very important part of the song because growing up comes with a lot of pressure and there is a lot of responsibilities that you need to take care of. The realization of growing up is a very scary thing because you’re not going to be that little kid on the playground throwing snowballs to each other with no stress in life anymore.
In Rebound by Kwame Alexander Charlie is trying to figure out his life with his father died and his mom being over protective. In the summer his mom decides to send him to his grandparents house for the whole summer to keep him out of trouble.
The most complex character so far is Charlie, even though he hasn’t completely matured in the novel he is showing signs of getting better. In Rebound there are external conflicts but also internal. The external being Charlie vs his mom and how she is making him leave all his friend and go to his grandparents house for the summer. But it is also internal by Charlie trying to deal with his dad being dead and not being able to cope with that and confused why it happened.
The Loop, by Ben Oliver, takes place in the future where one man and the government control everything about people’s lives. The book follows a 16 year-old named Luka Kane who’s been wrongly imprisoned in a nightmarish prison, called the loop, where the prisoners are tested on horrible experiments, brutally tortured, and in solitude everyday until they die. But shortly after being in the loop for two years, things begin to change, and the daily routine of the prisoners begin to change
So far in the book, I have still not found out why the main character, Luka, was put into the loop in the first place. What makes the book so compelling is that now the story is starting to progress more and the everyday activities that the inmates do in the loop are disrupted. All the inmates are sent to a new area that little is known about. But thanks to a guard that Luka is friends with, we learn that it has made the inmates going inside of it crazy. The author builds suspense by slowly giving the reader little details about the loop and the outside world to not only progress the story, but to keep the reader engaged in the story as well. The most complex character in the story, right now, is Tyco Roth. Every day since Luka has been locked in the loop he says that he is going to kill him. They have never met before their time in the loop and Tyco has been saying it for, seemingly, no reason. But when the inmates are about to go into the new area, instead of just yelling about killing him, he asks Luka what he thinks is going to happen to them. Confusing the reader and building even more suspense about the new place.
Overall, I am really investing into this book and would highly recommend it if you are into the sci-fi genre.