THE TRUE CONFESSIONS OF CHARLOTTE DOYLE
Character Analysis: Chapters 13-16
In The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi, Charlotte, the main character, is a thirteen-year- old girl who had to travel across the Atlantic to America as the only passenger on a ship. On her sea voyage, her courage was shown by the way she handled the many challenges and dangers that she encountered. For example, when she wanted to join the ship’s crew, she met resistance from the crew members, who finally decided that she must prove herself worthy before they would take her. The crew proposed, “Let her [Charlotte] climb the royal yard [highest sail on the mainmast of the ship]. If she does it, and comes down whole, and still willing to serve, then let her.” The royal yard is one hundred thirty feet high, and if she fell, she would either land in the sea and drown, or land on the deck and break her neck. She took the challenge, even though she was terrified. Furthermore, during a hurricane they encountered, Charlotte was asked to go out into the storm and cut away a sail, which was not easy with the strong wind and waves. She had lots of trouble while trying to perform this task, “I felt as though I were swimming against a rising river tide… I could hardly make out where I was going…every upward inch was a struggle… desperately, I clung to the ropes with legs and arms.” This task was very dangerous; one wrong move and the result could be fatal. Charlotte successfully accomplished it. All the challenges that she faced on her voyage across the Atlantic Ocean revealed her courage.
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