A Single Shard Character Analysis

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The Effects of Patience

“Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy.” (Saadi, 13th century Iran.) A Single Shard, by Linda Sue Park, is about Tree-ear (M.C.), an orphaned child who lives in the seaside village of Ch’ulp’o, a place where potters reside because of the bountiful amount of clay, with a homeless person named Crane-man. Tree-ear’s number one dream is to become a potter like Min, the best potter in all of their town. Once he is hired as an assistant for Min, he goes through duties as an apprentice as he works his way to being a potter. His final task before he becomes a potter, although he doesn’t realize, is to deliver Min’s finest work to an emissary of the emperor. Tree-ear struggles with having patience all throughout the novel, finally ending up with his reward of becoming a potter himself. Even through constant frustration, Tree-ear learned that to accomplish his ambition of being potter that patience is key.
In the beginning of Tree-ear’s journey, Tree-ear was thriving on the fact that he wanted to be a potter like Min, yet he soon understands that he must have patience. He receives the task from Min to chop wood in the forest for the community kiln, and Tree-ear thinks that
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In the start of the conclusion we learn that Crane-man dies in an accident, and Tree-ear has nowhere to stay. Min starts to show his soft side when him and his wife let Tree-ear live in their home. He tells Tree-ear that he needs to go cut wood more from the forest. He continues on like any other day when he realizes that Min had said why they needed the wood, which is a pottery wheel for Tree-ear. After a year long, rigorous hard work, tree ear earns what he has truly worked for: A spot sitting at a potter’s wheel making all of the pots he could dream of. His constant hard work of traveling to Songdo rewards him with the resolution to his life

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