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.