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Qadri 1 Saad Qadri Ms. Gonsalves ENG4U-P4 7 th December 2017 Does isolation create resiliency in characters? The world is filled with challenges which we overcome every day, but what if some challenges are just way too big to handle alone and overcome? Furthermore, what happens when this sense of isolation becomes too much? The novel, Medicine walk, by Richard Wagamese illustrates how isolation can or cannot develop or shape resiliency in the two protagonists, while isolation has a negative impact on Eldon, it can be seen as something positive in Franklin's life. As a result of his mother’s abandonment, Eldon joins the war to fight alongside Jimmy who he ends up killing. This trauma then leads him to consume alcohol and then further be unable to have hope and hold an active relationship, showing his lack of resiliency. In comparison to Franklin, the reader is able to analyze how being isolated at school leads him to learn many key teachings through his experience with nature. His father not being there for Franklin causes him to develop a father-son bond with old man Bunky and start a family of his own, in addition to that the reader can see how the confrontation with the bear showed how Franklin's positive view on isolation results in him developing resiliency and being fearless thus, each protagonist is either strengthened or weakened by isolation. Looking at Eldon's story, one is able to analyze how isolation does not develop or shape resiliency in a protagonist. Eldon's first experience of isolation occurs when his mother abandons
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Qadri 2 him and chooses Jenks over Eldon, causing Eldon to show his lack of resiliency. One night In Becka's house, Becka finally catches onto what Eldon was really trying to do and confronts him, forcing him to tell the truth about his tragic childhood to Franklin. Eldon reveals to his son that he got into an altercation with Jenks, who was in fact his mother's abusive boyfriend at the time which lead to Jimmy accidentally stabbing Jenks and leaving his mother in shock. In that moment his mother made a decision and told Eldon "you'd better pack, Eldon"(Wagamese 97) to which he replied, "you'd choose him over me?"(Wagamese 97) to which his mother replied "I'm not choosing. I'm telling you how it has to be." (Wagamese 97) This then angered Eldon to the point where he took his stuff and left with Jimmy. Upon reflection, Franklin asked him "Did you ever go back?"(Wagamese 99) to which he responded "no...Wanted to. Sometimes even headed that way, but we was proud."(Wagamese,99) The exchange between characters illustrates that Eldon showed his lack of resiliency when he was scared to go back, Eldon even states that this was something that he regrets doing and when asked if he ever wonders if his mother ever made it out or not he said that he did not have the will to go back and check, showing his lack of
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