"Johnny Tremain" By Esther Forbes Essay

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"Johnny Tremain, a young apprentice silversmith, is caught up in the danger and excitement of Boston in the 1770s, just before the Revolutionary War." When I first read this on the back of the book "Johnny Tremain" I thought the book would exceed at making me beg for more pages at the end, boy was I wrong. When it comes to details about the setting and characters this book has just to many characters and not enough details about Boston. If didn't know about the capitol of Massachusetts I would have guessed this city was just some small port town, when in reality during the 1770s Boston was a large, complex, and important city in Massachusetts. This book is very adverse, there are so many characters thrown at you at the beginning of the book with so few details. These facts lead me to the thesis of my book review this book lacks in Character details, historically true settings, and it is about a time in history that is very depressing but this isn't even figured out until half way through the book.irst, in the book we are introduced to about eight characters at once, which wouldn't be bad if the author had been rational and the important details were left in and the huge amount of details that will never be important in the story had been taken out. Like for instance: "In revolutionary Boston, Johnny Tremain is an apprentice in the household of Mr. Lapham, an old master silversmith who lives with a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Lapham, and his four grandchildren: Madge, Dorcas, Cilla, and Isannah." This gives absolutely no details about some characters that are very important latter on in the story."Johnny serves with two other apprentice boys, Dove and Dusty." Again to few details to understand whom these characters are, these details are revealed in very small amounts, very slowly. So therefore there is not enough details about the important characters so you cannot fully understand and enjoy the early parts of the story until these details are barely revealed later on.Next, the historically true settings compared to the setting of this book is terrible, Boston is made into just another small town when really during those times it...

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