Character Exercise

By Jerry Huang

Task 1:

Henry’s personality:

  1. In the novel, people would likely describe Henry as looking like an average boy his age, with no real special features that distinguish him from the rest of his peers. Later on, his acne comes as a trait that serves to alienate him from the rest of his community, as he is the only one that suffers from such a condition.
  2. Henry appears to be a person who, while not unathletic, is still below average in regards to his physical conditioning and attempts to exaggerate his strengths.
  3. Henry doesn’t suffer from any physical injuries or defects over the course of the novel. However, the treatment for his acne obviously makes it difficult for him, as it causes him to experience a great deal of pain.
  4. Henry doesn’t really appear to have any physical asset that makes him superior than the rest of the cast. While he prides himself on the size of his testes, this may or may not be a lie and the asset does not really present any real advantage to Henri.
  5. Henry also doesn’t really have any physical weakness or liability. In his physical education class Henri doesn’t appear to be any worse off than anyone else in the class, a reference to how there is nothing that really makes Henri stand out from others and he is more of an “Average Joe” type of character.

Henry’s inner life:

  1. While Henry isn’t exactly book smart, he displays a sense of maturity and understanding that goes beyond his age. His ability to understand the situation dates back to even his elementary school days, as shown with his relationship with his classmates and bullies.
  2. Henry’s imagination is his trait that makes him stand out from the rest of his cast. He finds ways to relieve his boredom that few others would really ever think of. His creativity is what makes his writing eventually stand out from others, as his imagination allows him to capture aspects of life that would appear invisible to others.
  3. Henry has a great deal of common sense, having a great deal of morals and situational intelligence. However, he has relatively bad judgement, as he still tends to go along with others and do what is considered the wrong decision just because of his lack of care.
  4. Henry has a rather pessimistic outlook on life, as he realizes he lacks what is necessary to become successful and his view on adult life is sullied by all the adults present in his life.
  5. Henry tends to be a submissive character for much of the story, as he fails to make his statements heard and he simply comes to accept what is required of him without any complaints. While he does show some dominance over others once he enters his teenage years, he still doesn’t appear to assert his position as often as he should.
  6. Henry usually approaches major problems by trying to ignore them and find ways to trick himself out of thinking about them. For example, Henry’s lack of friends, a major issue in his childhood, is something he tries to ignore and replace by finding random hobbies he can do alone and saying that they’re more enjoyable than anything else he could find to do.
  7. Henry’s greatest talent is his ability to write at the moment.
  8. Henry’s greatest lack of talent is his absence of any social skills.
  9. Henri’s greatest success so far is his being praised by his teacher in elementary school.
  10. His greatest failure is his inability to stand up for what he felt was right, something he has done on many occasions such as with David and the cat.
  11. Henry’s main ambition is to escape his current life and recreate himself elsewhere.
  12. Henry’s biggest delusion is his belief that he can leave his life altogether and never have to remember what has occurred so far in his life.
  13. Henry’s greatest fears are 1. abandonment, 2. betrayal and 3. growing up

Task 2:

  1. I think I am above average in regards to my intelligence.
  2. I think I have a low level of imagination
  3. I think I have good judgement, but lack some common sense.
  4. I think I have a neutral outlook on life.
  5. The role I take on around others depends on the situation, as I will normally see what role I am most comfortable playing.
  6. I usually try to approach major problems slowly and not doing anything unless I am very sure of what I want to do.
  7. My main ambition up to this point is to live a stable life that is problem free.
  8. I get angry due to failure, pettiness and obnoxious people.
  9. I would feel a sense of embarrassment, shame and guilt if I did something very boneheaded without thinking of the consequences beforehand.
  10. I think my moral standards fluctuate a lot, but I do find that I would rather associate with those who have a good sense of personal ethics.

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