I'M Not Scared

Topics: Friendship, Interpersonal relationship, Italian masculine given names Pages: 3 (933 words) Published: October 3, 2010
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If all my friends were to jump off a bridge, I wouldn’t follow. Id be at the bottom to catch them when they fall. This quote reflects friendship and loyalty in an almost perfect way and never has a quote been falser than in Aqua Traverse where friendship and loyalty are non-existent for the residents. In Niccolo Ammaniti’s thriller novel I’m not scared the characters that are portrayed are shown to be Un-loyal and some of them worst friends Imaginable. The children inhabitants of Aqua Traverse are not a real child hood group of friends rather a group of kids that play together out of convenience. The adults in the sleepy little Southern Italian town are no better then the kids as they are only drawn together as friends because of the money that is at stake. Loyalty is another thing that is absent from the town of Aqua Traverse the people that call this place their own are only concerned with one thing themselves. It only takes one outsider in to the mix and already a sense of trust and loyalty is forged between Filippo and Michele.

The children of Aqua Travers are thrown together and are friends out of convenience rather than a common liking of each other. In the “friendship” group of the children there is a prominent hierarchy that is apparent from the onset. Skull the leader of the group is the unchallenged boss that ruled with a domineering hand “Skull was the oldest in the gang. Twelve years old. And he was the Chief” skull was the one who handed out the punishments as boss and they usually weren’t very nice “The forfeit was too harsh none of us wanted to see Barbara’s silt”. Salvatore and Michele were next in the group followed by Michele’s little sister Maria and the person who sits last in the group is Barbara. The treatment that Barbara receives for being fat from the group is appalling in a group of “friends again she is treated like a second class citizen. “Even after twenty two years I still don’t understand how she put up with...
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