I Am the Messenger by Makus Zusak
Throughout the novel I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak, the reader is able to perceive the big change that the main character, Ed Kennedy goes through. He receives some ace cards that gradually change his life. On the ace cards, he is given different tasks which force him to choose between acting as a hero and just keeping his normal life as a cabdriver. Edgar Street, Milla, Sophie, Father O’Reilly, Angie Carusso, and the Rose Brothers, all these messages together represent a turning point in Ed’s life. Even though he has a low self-esteem, and he considers himself a loser; he tries his best to help all these people, as if it were his mission. He risks his life and he does it without waiting something in exchange. He even decides to become a vigilante for them. Now, Ed can be a truly hero and not a loser anymore, contrary to what he thinks about himself. Helping all these people is having a good effect on him. Each address each card and each message that he delivers changes him and help him growth as a person. The very first message that Ed gets is one of the toughest ones. Edgar Street forces him to be brave and stand up for this woman who doesn’t have anyone to protect her from her abusive husband. When he first tries, he feels ashamed since he gets too scared to act. However, as time goes, he feels like is time to act, and he gets the strength to confront the guy from Edgar Street. On the contrary, the task with Milla and Sophie is easier. On one side, helping Milla and acting as Jimmy her dead husband gradually changes Ed. He carries about her and he tries her best to make her happy, since like in the first address, Milla doesn’t have anyone who takes care of her. On the other side, Ed enjoys being with Sophie and just watching her run. The fourth message is Father O’Reilly. Ed works really hard in order to get more people to come to the Priest’s church, and he won’t give up, until the church gets crowded. He is extremely...
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