How Literature Displays Positive Character Trait Through Characters

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Literature Shows Positive Traits Through Its Characters

It is known that a piece of writing can do more than tell a story, but can also

portray indirect ideas to the reader. A narrative piece is able to show positive traits,

presented through its characters. Literature can display a variety of positive

attributes, through different characters, and situations. This is demonstrated in the

story, “The Blue Bead,” through Sibia’s acts of selflessness, and again in the text

“Long, Long, After School,” through Miss Tretheway’s acts of kind-heartedness.

In the story “The Blue Bead,” an example of how literature shows positive

traits through its characters, is composed by Sibia’s displays of selflessness when

saving a woman from an attacking crocodile. In the text, the narrator states,

“Sometimes it had seemed difficult to cross these stones, especially with the big

gap… But now she came on wings… and in a moment, she was beside the shrieking

woman (pg. 61).” This shows selflessness because Sibia, usually hesitant on the

slippery stones, flies across them making rapid footing decisions, throwing herself

towards to woman being attacked, aware of the fact that if she falls, she could harm

herself severely. Another piece of evidence is shown when the narrator states, “Its

eyes rolled on to Sibia. One slap of the tail could kill her. (pg. 61).” This shows

selflessness because the young girl willingly put her life at risk, to save one that was

not her own. Through the young girl’s displays of selflessness, one can see how the

text, “The Blue Bead” portrays a positive trait through Sibia.

Throughout the text, “Long, Long After School,” Miss Tretheway shows kind-

heartedness through acts presented in the story. An illustration of this is when a

flashback occurs, back to when Miss Tretheway states, “Why, Marilyn, Wes’s hands

are much cleaner than yours. Maybe Wes doesn’t like to get his...
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