Adam Cooper: Dynamic Character
Can a person change completely over a course of a few days? Throughout the story, April Morning by Howard Fast, Adam Cooper, the main character and narrator of the book, transforms from an immature, ignorant, self-centered teenager to a mature, unprejudiced, responsible young man because of the story’s setting, characters, and conflict. With setting, it teaches Adam to be become more mature, by becoming more knowledgeable about war and to endure hardships, since it was during war time and he was forced to go through much, like watching people die. Adam also corrects his view through other subordinate characters, Solomon Chandler and a young redcoat, on the truth about who the British army is, becoming an uncritical person. Through the conflicts between Adam versus Moses and Adam versus himself, Adam learns to take on his new responsibilities as an adult. In conclusion, these three literary elements, setting, conflict, and characters, help Adam to become a better and stronger person. In April Morning, the setting is during a state of war in the 1700s, where Adam learns to become a man and about true bloodshed, which develops his character. For example, after the battle, Adam has been through hardships, like his father’s and friends’ death, but knows he must carry on with his life. Looking through his childhood after the battle, Adam expresses, “For myself, I had parted with childhood and boyhood forever,” (182). Contemplating his adolescence as a youth, he notices how carefree he was, without a worry in the world, and he looks at himself now, a man who has to face new burdens. Adam knows that he can no longer be the untroubled boy he was before the war, but a strong man who has to care for his family. As another example, when Adam is speaking with Ruth, he tries to interpret for her what it was like in combat by explaining, “A battle’s a funny thing-this one, anyway. It wasn’t any battle I ever read about in
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