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The Characterization of Billy Weaver

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Elise Mehrassa

on 6 February 2014

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Transcript of The Characterization of Billy Weaver

Words
"Billy thanked him and picked up his suitcase" - This is when Billy asked the porter for a cheap place to stay. It shows you that Billy is kind and respectful.
"Five and sixpence is fine", he answered. "I should like very much to stay here." - The landlady lures Billy into her house with the promise of a cheap stay, and Billy accepts it without question. With this statement you learn that Billy is naive.
"I'm almost positive I've heard those names before somewhere. Isn't that odd? Maybe it was in the newspapers." - This is when Billy begins to think that he knows the two men that stayed at the bed and breakfast before him. In this quote you notice that Billy has a curious nature.
"The old girl is slightly dotty, Billy told himself." - This is when Billy thinks that the landlady is a little crazy, but he thinks nothing of it. You learn that Billy is slightly oblivious and able to look past her "quirks" for a fine price.



Thoughts and Feelings
Billy is kind and respectful, "Billy thanked him and picked up his suitcase". He trusts people easily and sees the best in them. When the landlady offered him a very cheap price to stay in the bed and breakfast he took it without question, and even when he thought she was, "slightly off her rocker" he continued not to question her behavior saying, "at five and sixpence a night, who cares about that?".
Change?
In the beginning of the story, Billy is very trusting of the landlady and her intentions are not obvious to him. A little later, he begins to get curious about her previous "guests". He begins to change slightly in how trusting he is with the landlady, but he would never have expected his outcome.
Conflict
Billy Weaver was sent to Bath by his boss, and he told him to, "Report to the branch manager". When Billy arrives in Bath, his goal is to find a cheap place to stay. At first, Billy seems to have no conflict, but we realize that the landlady wants to kill him. He still does not see this, but he has a conflict with the landlady.
The Characterization of Billy Weaver
Personality and Actions
Compare Characters
Billy Weaver is young man (he's seventeen years old) that wants to be a successful business man. He's kind, respectful and naive. The landlady seems to share those traits at first, but she turns into an insane murder at the end. This is the opposite of Billy's character, so therefor she's his foil.
Physical Appearance
Billy Weaver is described as a handsome young man, with very nice teeth. When he is traveling to Bath "He is wearing a new navy-blue overcoat, a new brown trilby hat, and a new brown suit".
Name
His name in Billy Weaver. This name sounds very youthful and sweet, which is how you would describe the character. Also, his name is very simple, like his character.
Polite
Billy thanks the porter for giving him the name of a cheap place to stay.
Billy is very polite towards the landlady throughout his stay, and tell her, "You mustn't worry about me."
Naive
Billy doesn't questions the unbelievably cheap price that landlady is offering him.
When he learns that she stuffs her dead pets, he still does not question her behavior.
When he remembers that he's heard of the disappearance of the landlady's "guests" mentioned in the newspaper he continues to believe her when she denies the fact that Billy is talking about "her" Mr. Mulholland.
Curious
Billy wonders why the landlady hasn't been, "simply swamped with applicants".
Billy thinks that the two names of the landlady's "guests" ring a bell, and he's trying to figure out why.
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