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Character Analysis- John Harcourt

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on 1 April 2014

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Transcript of Character Analysis- John Harcourt

Introduction
We are doing our character analysis on John Harcourt from The Snob.
The traits that we will discuss are arrogance, guilt, and shame.

Character Analysis- John Harcourt
Guilt
Shame
- John obviously felt ashamed of his father’s simpler lifestyle
- John wanted to impress Grace by trying to be pretentious
- Upon seeing his father in the store, John felt ashamed because his father looked unkempt
- This leads John to feel ashamed in introducing Grace to his father
Lack of Confidence
- Due to John’s lack of confidence, arrogance, guilt and shame are revealed
- All three traits have one thing in common - they all go back to his lack of confidence
- John’s mixed emotions showed his lack of confidence
- John worried more about what others thought which showed that he cared more about their opinion than his own - resulting in his lack of confidence
Agenda
- Character traits shown by John
- Character's actions in the story "The Snob"
- Information about the character
Character's Behavior
- John is a person who is really self-conscious and worries about what others think of him
- John’s behavior resulted in him not wanting Grace to meet his father because he felt that it would embarrass him if Grace saw how his father was dressed
- John, not wanting Grace to meet his father, resulted in a conflict between the two
- As a result of the conflict, John was forced to think over his behavior and apologize to Grace
Arrogance-Snobby
- John Harcourt feels as if his father is not good enough for Grace
- To justify his actions toward his father, he gets mad at Grace in order to ease his conscious
- All the things John said to her are really directed towards himself
"I'll say you don't like simple, honest people, the kind of people you meet all over the city"
He's putting the blame on Grace when it is really John who felt that way and is truly the “snob”
- John started to feel guilty about his snobby/arrogant attitude that he felt towards his father
"By this time he knew he was ashamed, but he felt that his shame was justified"
- John chose to take his anger out on Grace
- At the end of story, John apologized to Grace because he felt guilty about how he treated her
What other's think of John
- The reader thinks of John as a snob
- John is viewed as one who doesn't respect his father and is ashamed to be seen with him because his father chose to dress the way he liked and wore his clothes with confidence
- John's father thinks of his son as a good child but wished that he was more respectful
- Grace thought of John as a good, decent guy but believed he had issues because he was so rude towards her at the store
John's Feelings
- Feels like the world revolves around him
- Feels self-conscious because he wants to be seen as a person who is wealthy
- Feels the need to impress Grace because he is afraid to lose her
Our personal feelings towards John
- John is conflicted and too concerned about what others’ think
- John wanted to be seen as a person of higher class
- John wanted to be portrayed as a gentleman towards Grace and her family
- John felt self-conscious because he did not want Grace to find out that he was not as wealthy as her family
What conflicts are John involved in?
What motivates John in his conflicts?
What kind of character is John? Round, flat, static, or dynamic?
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John vs. John
Inner conflict with himself
- John did not want Grace to see his father because he was embarrassed of his father’s simpler lifestyle
- John struggled with how to react when he saw his father in the bookstore

John vs. Grace
Argument with Grace
- When John argued with Grace, he verbally attacked her but all the things he said were actually directed towards himself
- John's argument with Grace was his way of making himself feel better about how he acted towards his father

John vs. John
Stuck-up and snobby attitude
- John felt as if his father was not good enough for Grace because of their difference in lifestyle
- John wanted his father to be more sophisticated like Grace's father

John vs. Grace
Guilt and anger
- John felt guilty for how he treated his father
- When John was expressing his guilt it resulted in him becoming angry and lashing out on Grace

John is a round dynamic character
- He is a character the reader gets to know well
- He has a variety of traits
- He is a character that changes - John went from being ashamed of his father to being ashamed of how he treated his father
What techniques did the author use to develop the character?
Setting- hot afternoon
- Sets the mood of intensity of emotions
Characters- John and Mr. Harcourt
- Contrast of different personalities
Figurative Language- Used to describe Mr. Harcourt
- Showed how confident and unpretentious Mr. Harcourt was unlike John

What are the themes of the story?
Confidence or lack of confidence
- Story follows John a man who struggles with his identity and tries to be something he is not
Assumptions
- The reader’s automatic assumption of who the snob is in the story is Grace but we soon discover that John is the snob
- Assumptions John makes toward Grace are really directed towards himself
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