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Character Analysis: Jasper Jones
Transcript of Character Analysis: Jasper Jones
Role Within the Novel
By Yasmin & Arielle
Character Analysis: Jasper Jones
Personality & Appearance
Jasper represents contrast to Charlie in physical and characterisation. “Tall… wirey body but it’s defined… his hair is a scruff of rough tuft’s… he looks like an island castaway.” This uses a simile and assonance. Leaves readers wondering what broke his innocence, excentuates contrast to change.
“It occurs to me that maybe Jasper Jones is afraid… Jasper is normally so reliably forthright, it’s unnerving to see him wavering.” This is a clear contrast in Jasper’s individual character change.
“I stick close behind like a loyal and leash less dog.” This simile is used to exemplify Charlie’s trust in Jasper. Jasper is in control, he has self control and the ability to control others.
“His sureness and his presence make him easy to follow… Something about being in his bubble is reassuring.” Through metaphorical comparison compares Jasper’s world to a “bubble” – linking to the books motif of bubbles.
Personality & Appearance
Charlie notes that "The fact that Jasper Jones needs my help already fills the moment with something portentous." Silvey shapes Jasper to be thrilling and mysterious.
Jasper often "doesn't respond" to things Charlie says - reiterating the sense of unknown.
Labeled by the town as "a thief, a liar, a thug, a truant... a ferrel and an orphan... an example of poor aptitude." The technique used here is cumulative listing suggesting he is corrupt in a variety of ways.
To be in Jasper Jones' presence is to be "left astray...waylaid by the devil." Metaphorically referring to Jasper as the devil (the uttermost evil) emphasizing Jasper's rebellious nature.
"He knows my name Charlie, I reckon he is out to get me. Got to be, for sure." This shows that Jasper Jones, although a victim of the towns close minded prejudices, holds and actively participates in the same behavior. He has no evidence that Jack is against him, or committed a crime but still holds a negative opinion on him.
Charlie has "heard Jasper Jones described as a half-cast." Silvey uses colloquial language to show the towns one sided, racial view of Jasper Jones.
Role of his Relationships
" I been lookin' after myself since I can remember." This shows Jasper's failed relationship with his father and exemplifies the fact that he never had an established family.
" I never stole a thing I didn't need" - Jasper has always been self reliant, this may also add to his personality.
"They were in love... they went some place together at night." Jasper was in a relationship with Laura, making her death so significant to Jasper as a character. This became a catalyst for Jasper's change in self. Having this relationship finish with death prompted Jasper to make a change and do something with his life.
"Charlie, I know it were him. I can prove it." Charlie has a bad opinion of Mad Jack Lionel and is shown in his constant prejudice towards him.
"But this is Jasper Jones, and he has come to me" Although Jasper is somewhat of the town delinquent his outcast and "bad" look has a certain attraction. This is why Charlie desires to befriend him so much.
Growing up in a town where "they stick to what they know." Jasper has always been looked down upon as a menace in the community. Although he is against this prejudice he holds the same, unconditional prejudices against Mad Jack Lionel. "It won't be for a while, anyway, I don't reckon. Not until we can get enough on Mad Jack Lionel" from the beginning Jasper thinks negatively on Jack Lionel, this can be compared to Corrigan's view on him.
Role within the Novel
"We got to bury her. Hide her. Here. Ourselves." This is Jasper prompting Charlie to help bury the body. Jasper's role in the novel is clearly expressed here as the quote depicts the catalyst of change for many characters. Jasper provides Charlie with a reason to begin change, Jasper also prompts change in himself.
"They don't know shit about what it is to be me" - Jasper understands that people think negatively of him. Although he does not actively try to change that he is somewhat offended that they so quickly judge him without making an effort to understand the situation he is in. "It's all bullshit what people say mostly" he does not let the towns judgement phase him, he is a strong willed character, juxtaposed with Charlie who, although remains strong, is quite an emotionally weak and vunerable character.
Jasper is already a mature character because of his upbringing, having to learn to be independent early on in life. Laura's death does not prompt Jasper's coming of age, but more rather develops his personal resilience and strength. Charlie reflects on his life and all of the privileges he has had but taken for granted when he thinks about the life Jasper Jones has had to endure. While Jasper's peers are only just maturing, he is capable of dealing with the events which have shaken up Corrigan. Jasper bringing Charlie to the glade to see Laura is the catalyst for Charlie's change and is able to assimilate as other characters mature. Jasper does experience change when he finds out that Jack is his grandfather and the truth about the car crash which killed his mother. Jasper is shown having a prejudice towards Jack from the beginning "Charlie, I know it were him. I can prove it." - this prejudice changes in juxtaposition to Corrigan's attitudes towards Laura's death, as the reality of her passing is revealed.