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The Lords of Discipline: Character analysis

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The Lords Of Discipline
Pig
Pig
Trait
: Proud

Quote
: "I didn't have anything when I came to this school. Now, I'm not saying nothing against my family, man, and all of you know it. I'm proud of them, so proud I can barely stand to think of it because they worked their tails off to send me all the money they could." (pg 461)

Explanation
: Pig comes from a poor family, and throughout the novel, he has to ask his roommates for money. Also, he always talks about his pride in where he comes from, who his family is, what he stands for, etc. This scene is important b/c it's the last time he asks for money, and he let his friends know how grateful he was to them for their love, brotherhood, and support throughout the years. "That's why you're going to be my brothers for the rest of my life."
Pig
Will Mclean
Pig
The Lords of Discipline

Character Analysis
By: Madeline Paul

Will Mclean
Trait
: rebellious

Quote
: "'Do not disgrace the ring, Mr. McLean," [The General] said.
'Dante Pignetti,' I answered. 'Dante Pignetti, my roommate, sir.'" (pg 560)

Explanation
: This is the ultimate act of rebellion for Will. When Pig was expelled from the Institute, anyone who wore the ring was forbidden to speak his name. Will, however, decided that his friendship and love for Pig was more powerful than a code. So, when he received his diploma, he blatantly broke that rule in front of the general.
Will Mclean
Will Mclean
Trait
: aware/ non conformable

Quote
: "They did not know their system had profferred me an inestimable gift: It had given me the chance to prove that, though I wore the ring, I was not one of them." (pg 560)

Explanation
: Will graduates and wears the ring of the Institute, but he knows that he graduated without conforming to their rules or ways of life. In his eyes, he grew as a person and became a man, but by his own accord, not because of the "system."
Tradd
Trait
: epicene/ unmasculine

Quote
: "It was the first time I ever felt manly. I bet you think that's a joke, don't you, Will? The Honey Prince feeling manly. Well, I did, and when I was selected for The Ten, it was the greatest thing that ever happened to me." (pg 551)

Explanation
: All of Tradd's classmates saw him as an unmanly, spoiled, rich kid. So, he was willing to do whatever it took to prove that he could make it at the institution- to prove that he wasn't "The Honey Prince." When The Ten selected Tradd, he chose to turn against his friends and stab them in the backs just to feel a little more masculine.
Tradd
Trait
: epicene/ unmasculine

Quote
: "You ain't exactly the typical cadet now, are you, boy? You talk funny. You act funny. You walk funny and ya just don't seem like one of the boys. I've never known exactly what it means but it seems to fit you, boy." (pg 241)

Explanation
: One of the basketball players, Rueben, came into the room and called Tradd "The Honey Prince." When Tradd asked why he said that, Rueben replied with this. While reading, we see that Tradd doesn't really fit the Institute image because he's seen as weak and feminine. This is a reoccurring issue for Tradd throughout the book.
Tradd
Trait
: traitorous

Quote
: "He betrayed three people, Abigail, three people who loved him. One of them is dead because of this sad worthless son of yours." (pg 550)

Explanation
: Will figured out everything Tradd had done to him and his roommates over the year. Tradd had joined The Ten, got all his roommates in trouble with The Ten, caused Pig to be voted guilty in the honor court, leading to his suicide, and lied about his loyalty. Tradd chose The Ten over his best friends.
Tradd
Trait
: traitorous

Quote
: "You saved me during our plebe year, Will. You really did. But you've got to be careful who you save. Some of us don't have the capacity for worship that you require. Adoration can be an exhausting thing." (pg 555)

Explanation
: Tradd begs Will to forgive him, but then gets angry and says how he really feels. He basically blames Will for getting himself into the whole mess in the first place because Will showed Tradd kindness 4 years prior. Tradd traded his friendship with his roommates for a few moments of glory with The Ten.
Trait
: Protective

Quote
: "Pig washed the blood off his hands before he climbed into his upper bunk." (pg 209)

Explanation
: Will was "tamed" by a member of the cadre, named Fox. When Pig found out about this, he instantly decided to do whatever he could to protect his brother. This quote shows how simple it was for Pig to beat up another man who hurt someone he loves.
Trait
: Protective

Quote
: "We kick ass and take names and call muster. We stick together like brothers and go on secret missions for her majesty. We have adventures and great times." (pg 442)

Explanation
: In the scene before, Pig and Mark rescued Will from being attacked by the 10. When they get back in the car, Pig says this, showing just how far he is willing to go to protect his friends. He also relies on his roommates to protect him just as willingly, like Mark does in the previous scene.
Trait
: proud

Quote
: "Otto had done something no human being had ever done to Dante Pignetti; he had humiliated him physically and had done it before a tent full of witnesses." (pg 280)

Explanation
: The boys from the Institute go to the fair, where Pig gets in the ring to fight the Heavyweight Champion of the Southeast. Pig, who puts great pride in his strength, is beat up by Otto in front of all his classmates. When his anger kicks in, he gets back up and defeats Otto to save his pride. Also, the reason he wanted to fight in the first place was to earn $100 so he could stop asking for money from Will, Mark, and Tradd, which goes back to his pride.
Trait
: rebellious

Quote
: "Rebellion came naturally to me. It is the tyrant's most valuable and life- enhancing gift. Very early I discovered that my father could control my behavior but not what I thought..." (pg 103)

Explanation
: When he was young, Will saw rebellion as a way to separate himself from his father. Throughout his life, he continued to use rebellion to separate himself from the rest of the world- to be different. In the novel, we see Will getting himself into trouble, as well as saying and thinking things that don't corroborate with the institution.
Trait
: aware/ non conformable

Quote
: "[I] secretly began to study the system in order to learn its effect on me. I wanted to unlearn the system while I was still a part of it." (pg 174)

Explanation
: From the beginning, Will didn't agree with how the institution ran, or how they treated the freshmen. He "did not have the courage to quit" the institution, so while he was part of the system, he wanted to make sure it didn't change who he was. He didn't want to become a violent, brainwashed product of the school like everyone else.
The End!
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