Arnold is Precociously Thoughtful and Intelligent

Boy Who Doesn’t Feel

Arnold is a young child who had just experienced the death of his older brother Eugine, he is nine years old and known to be joyful and happy. He understands the sacrifices his mum makes for him and his brother and wants to experience the hardship their mum faces every day working in sun, so he decides to work out in the sun to experience what she does. Arnold picks peas when its cool up until his hands are numb and his feet stiff.

Arnold loves his brother Eugene, always wants his brother to pick peas with him, this way he gets to spend a lot of time with Eugene. Arnold is always prepared to listen to his brother and does not like when the role is reversed. Arnold is an intelligent boy being able to analyze situations like an adult even when it felt like he was being accused of being responsible for his brother’s death. He understood when his mother implied that he is afraid of the dark but is not afraid of killing his brother. Arnold understood the tactics of the sheriff when he was being questioned using the cow and the calf scenario, he knew he was smaller than his brother and the only time when he feels bigger than his brother was when Eugene was asleep. He chooses not to draw attention to himself because, during questioning with the sheriff, he felt he was being blamed even hearing the words from his mother.

Arnold understood that word had gotten around and he knew his neighbors agreed with the sheriff, so when they visited he stayed around and didn’t go to his room because he knew his absence would make him conspicuous (Buzzatti, 9). Arnold experienced the worst life of his life and when he expected comfort from his mother he didn’t get it, they could not recognize that he was in shock when he returned from the field. As a result, Arnold calls on his pride, he made up his mind that he would not share anything with his mother again having made it through a terrible night alone, he understands that he won’t need them. This made Arnold a hard boy, he went from being a joyful and sweet nine-year-old boy to becoming someone that doesn’t feel or express himself.

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