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Airman, Eoin Colfer
Transcript of Airman, Eoin Colfer
The story begins with an adventourous but risky tale. Captain Declan Broekhart of the Saltee Sharpshooters travels on a business trip to see about adding an airborne division to his troop. After test flying a balloon, there is one more soul in the basket than when it left the ground. It was Conor Broekhart, born during flight, age 5 minutes upon arrival on the ground. Throughout his childhood he showed amazing demonstrations of his luck, like the time he saved a princess. Overall a bright and hopeful theme.
The mood in the middle of the book is similar to the beginning of the book, with a learning theme. It focuses on when Conor is learning about different things, from aeroplanes to history to poetry. However, curiosity gets the better of young Conor and the mood switches to a time of treason, when darkness and bitter lies turn the life of Conor Broekhart upside down.
The main direct characterization in this story is of course about Conor Broekhart. Not much is said about his personality but his physical characteristics are emphasized. The antagonist is also physically outlined but his personality is not. As in other Eoin Colfer novels, he likes letting people infer the character's personalities.
Antagonist vs. Protagonist
This book seems to make you side with the protagonist and have a deep sense of hatred for the antagonist. Unlike other books with a subtle conflict between the antagonist and protagonist, this book highlights extreme conflict. It ends, as is the case with many books, in the protagonist's favour, and the reader feels triumphant in the protagonists success.
It can be inferred in this novel that Conor is an extremely courageous boy who takes big risks in order to save others . This is evident in an opening scene when Conor saves a princess. The antagonist who is Marshall Bonvilain is revealed through his actions as a cold and evil person. He has an "old-fashioned" state of mind and rebels against new markets and the better treatment of prisoners.
“Scientists are the enemies of tradition , and tradition owns all the prisons. - Victor Vigny"
“A monkey glances up and sees a banana, and that's as far as he looks. A visionary looks up and sees the moon.”
“Connor Broekhart was born to fly, or more accurately he was born flying.”
This book takes place in the Saltee Islands which do exist but do not possess the diamond resources found in the book. Moreover, unlike the book, the islands are uninhabitated. The time frame of this book is stated at the beginning of the book as 1878, the time of the Paris World Fair.
Setting, Theme and Connections
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The author manages to convey a mood of dark hatred toward the antagonist when he sends the innocent protagonist to prison by blaming him for a crime committed by the antagonist himself. Ultimately, it ends in a joyous and festive mood with a happy ending when Conor is released from prison and reunited with his family and the Princess.
There seems to be a mixture of themes in this book, as it talks about hope, redemption, technology, family and friends. Although it never goes in-depth about any of one theme in particular. The only theme I feel is more prevalent in the book is friendship and how hard it can be to come by, but how easily it can disappear.