On the Sidewalk Bleeding

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Character Analysis Essay

Being a part of a gang meant to have pride, at least that is what Andy presumes. Andy, a member of the Royals, a notorious street gang, has been stabbed in an alley by a rival gang, the Guardians. Despite this act in Evan Hunter’s “On the Sidewalk, Bleeding”, Andy proves he is not frightened at the thought of death. Instead is only filled with an overwhelming sadness that his life is coming to a short end. Throughout the novel, Andy shows himself as a hopeless, regretful, loving and depressed person through his acts, making him ultimately a complex individual.

In the introductory paragraphs, Andy portrays himself as hopeless when he lay helplessly in the alley. He lay on the pavement, trying to scream for help as he gasps for air, but could not. The author then states: “He lay bleeding and wishing he could cry for help, but there was no voice in his throat” (Hunter 99). The quote proves that Andy is hopeless because he could not even seem to do something as simple as cry for help. It also states that he lay bleeding; if he were not hopeless he would have stood up if he could, but he did not. In another quote, it states clearly that he lay in pain waiting eagerly for someone to aid him. This can be seen in this quote, “He lay silent in his pain, waiting, waiting for someone to find him” (Hunter 99). He knows he could not do anything but wait and hope for someone to find him. He lay in agonising pain while doing so. In brief, Andy proves through his acts in the introductory paragraphs that he is hopeless. His hopelessness in this situation showed a more complex personality towards Andy. Secondly, Andy appears as a regretful person through his thoughts. Andy is regretful of the jacket he wears the day of the stabbing. “The jacket was a stupid meaningless thing that was robbing him of his life” (Hunter 103). Andy showed himself as a regretful person by admitting to the fact that he should not wear the jacket and that it...
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