Character Analysis In Sherwood Anderson's "I'm A Fool".

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The character of the swipe in Sherwood Anderson's "I'm A Fool" reminds the reader of J.D. Salinger's Holden Caulfield -- a slightly unschooled youth seeking greatness through ordinary means. Headstrong and determined to make something of himself, Anderson's swipe could be any one of a million young men throughout the world. Driven by his desire to make himself feel like he has value, the swipe continually demonstrates a great deal of motivation. Due to the swipe's consistency of character, one can easily explain his actions and predict those which he might make. Through close examination of the character's plausibility, by demonstrating his consistency, and by evaluating his motivation, one can clearly see the depth of the swipe in Sherwood Anderson's "I'm A Fool."Just as one can find boys like Holden Caulfield almost anywhere; the swipe's easy believability comes from the commonness of his character. Anderson's swipe seeks not to achieve worldly greatness but to make himself believe that he has already achieved everything he will ever need. The mindset of perceived perfection predominates the thinking of many teenagers, quite especially males. However his lack of desire to further himself comes also from the belief that he does not have the mental capacity to become greater. The swipe's easy going nature and utterly common place attitude endears him to the reader, thus making his character easily believable and someone the reader can relate to.Anderson's swipe desires to have the people around him see him as more than just a common swipe. Because of this, the reader can easily see his actions directly result from his desire to make himself appear more important, they result from an inferiority complex. The...

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