Firstly, Damian and Anthony’s character can be contrasted by personality. Damian is always trying to be good and act saintly whereas, Anthony play’s people emotions and sympathy. For example Damian wants to please his father and be honest in case his father disappears like his mother did. Damian’s father pleads to Damian and Anthony to ‘be really good’ and be ‘excellent’. Damian replies: ‘That’s what I’m trying to be. That’s what I’m trying to be all the time.’ However, Anthony pretends to be well-behaved in front of his father and blackmails people’s sympathy behind his back. Anthony commented to Damian: ‘Tell them your Mum’s dead and they give you stuff.’
This explained to me that Damian is a really nice and genuine person who thinks of others rather than himself. On the other hand, Anthony is a more selfish type of person which Boyce has contrasted completely different from his brother.
Secondly, the brothers can be compared by what they admire. Anthony is interested in money, houses and real estate, whereas Damian admires saints. He occasionally has visions of saints such as St. Anne (1st century). An example of Anthony is when he comments on real estate (speaking to the estate agent): ‘This is for an investment portfolio.’
This tells me that there are very few similarities between the brothers. They have different interests and personalities.
Furthermore, Damian and Anthony can be contrasted by Boyce, on how they think of others and themselves. In the novel it is clear to me that Damian cares for others, poor...