The Development Of Quoyle — страница 2

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for choosing this house was that he fit in the bathtub: something that never happened in the previous houses. This represents that his growth in self-image has been fulfilled. He chose the house, not only because of his family but for his needs also. He has matured as an individual. As a young boy, Quoyle always thought himself as being an outsider from the rest of his family. “His earliest sense of self was as a distant figure: there in the foreground was his family; here, at the limit of the far view, was he”(2). Even as an adult, Quoyle tries to fit in and be accepted by his peers. He does this by buying a boat. However, instead of following their advice he goes on his own and buys one at a low price. It is not until his peers start to ridicule him, that he discovers that

it is a cheap, badly made boat. Instead of taking his misfortune and turning it around he lets himself believe he is stupid. “Stupid Man Does Wrong Thing Once More”(89). If he had a high self-image he could have listened to his peers or told them that he would fix the boat. Allowing himself to be influenced, proves that he is still weak. However, as time passes his character grows stronger. This can be seen as he has fun sailing his boat. His self-image grows positive with his acceptance of what he does have. Although the boat almost killed him when it capsized, an important event occurred to bring about Quoyle’s development. As a child he had been tormented by his father because he could not swim, yet as the boat capsized he learned to swim in a matter of seconds.

Subconsciously, this was a big step for Quoyle. He had overcome a childhood fear. This begins a transition for him. He now has a higher self-image. Quoyle learned from his experience with the boat and when it was time to buy another he bought a better crafted boat, without doubt or remorse. Quoyle’s life lessons had given him more self- confidence. A positive self-image is critical in character development. As previously mentioned, experiences from one’s relationships, one’s dwelling, and a specific object can affect one’s self- image. In the end, Quoyle did enhanced his self-image. He now thinks optimistically. “He looked at his naked self…Saw he was immense…Yet the effect was more of strength than obesity. He guessed he was at some prime physical point. Middle age

not too far ahead, but it didn’t frighten him…He pulled on the grey nightshirt which was torn under the arms and clung to his wet back. Again, a bolt of joy passed through him. For no reason”(327).