Contemporary Literature 2
March 6, 2013
Traits shared by many superheroes demonstrated by the two main characters Joe Kavalier and Sam Clay This paper shows that the two main characters in the novel “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay” named Joe and Sam demonstrate traits shared by most superheroes. The novel written by Michael Chabon and published in 2000 won the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction in 2001. The novel is about the two cousins Joe and Sam who start writing comic books. Joe escapes from Prague and wants to earn enough money to save his family. The two of them have to go trough lots of troubles to get to their success. For example they have bosses who don’t want to pay them as much money as they deserve. Joe also keeps getting into fights with Germans. He wants to fight them and feels bad that he doesn’t do more to help his family and all the other Jews. While Joe meets a girl named Rosa and starts dating her, Sam find out that he is homosexual. After Joe’s brother dies on a ship that was supposed to bring him and lots of other Jewish children to America, Joe joins the navy hoping to fight Germans. Instead, he is sent to a lonely island in the Antarctica where he barely survives. Rosa finds out that she is pregnant and her and Sam are getting married – both as a cover up to be accepted in society (Rosa is pregnant without being married and Sam is gay). Sam and Rosa try to appear as a nuclear family, but they can’t hide all the secrets from the son Tommy. After Joe comes back he lives in the Empire State Building without letting anyone know. Tommy helps in reuniting the trio and Joe moves in with them. Shortly after that, Sam’s homosexuality is revealed on TV. This makes their efforts to live like a “normal” family even more complicated. In the end Sam leaves to Los Angles. When Joe gets introduced to the story he demonstrates lots of traits shared by most superheroes. Superheroes usually have a special motivation for their actions. Joes...
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