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Motherless - Kevin Hopkins English 112 Will Conroy 14 February 2011 Lionel is Lionel In Motherless Brooklyn Lionel Essrog a tourette diseased

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Kevin Hopkins English 112 Will Conroy 14 February 2011 Lionel is Lionel In Motherless Brooklyn Lionel Essrog, a tourette diseased orphan who is very intelligent looks up to a special man. Lionel had Frank Minna as a father figure, brother, and true friend. After Frank was murdered, Lionel was forced too find his identity and take control of his actions. He did this by growing out of his shell and taking control of the investigation. By being the “lead” detective Lionel has affected other characters in the process. His relationship with the other “Minna Men” has changed but especially his relationship with Tony. Jonathan Lethem begins a new chapter in Lionel’s life. By Minna dying, Lionel was lost but by putting on the Frank Minna mask to find his killer he found himself by the end of this book. Lionel was under Minna’s wing for a while until Minna’s sudden death. Lionel finds himself at the reigns and wants to be the lead detective. It is fitting that Lionel wants to be lead detective because of the similar personalities Frank and Lionel share. The connection between Minna and Lionel was a special one ever since Minna took the boys under his control from the orphanage. The object that put Lionel over the top was the book he received from Minna. “ Over the next two years I grew larger- neither fat nor particularly muscular, but large, bearlike, and so harder for the bantamweight Tony or anyone else to bully- and I grew stranger. With the help of Minna’s book I contextualized my symptoms as Tourettes, then discovered how little context that was.”(pg.82) This
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gave Lionel hope, this is why they were so tight and there friendship was important to Lionel. Minna, stabbed and hurting bad, was on the way to the hospital and the only thing he wants at the time, is a joke from Lionel. “ You know what I want from you Freakshow? Tell me a joke. You got one you been saving, you must.” (pg.25) Minna from the beginning loved Lionel’s jokes and now at the end of his life he wants another one. Since Frank did so much for Lionel, Lionel wants to give back and find out who did this
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This note was uploaded on 01/09/2012 for the course ECO 201 taught by Professor Dunlevy during the Fall '08 term at Miami University.

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Motherless - Kevin Hopkins English 112 Will Conroy 14 February 2011 Lionel is Lionel In Motherless Brooklyn Lionel Essrog a tourette diseased

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