12 January 2012
Personalities of Jim Nightshade
Evil? No. Troublesome? Yes. Just because you’re troublesome does not mean your evil. Jim Nightshade is stereotyped as evil but he is just careless, brave, and friendly.
Jim is careless because he did not care if his house burnt down, he went to the theater, and snuck out at night. The lightning rod salesmen predicted that Jim’ s house would get struck by lightning and burn down, he suggested that Jim should put up a rod. Jim did not believe him and refused to put up the rod. Will replied “Fun! You crazy? I’ll get a ladder! You the hammer, some nails, and wire.” (Bradbury 10). Will was being precautious and Jim didn’t care. Another way that Jim is careless is that he went to the “theater” and did not care if everyone in there saw him. “That peculiar stage where people, all unknowing, flourished shirts above their heads, let fall clothes to the rug…” (Bradbury 29). Finally the last reason how Jim is careless is that he sneaks out. “Fumble among the clusters of thick moss and leaves on the side of the house until they found the iron rungs they had secretly nailed and placed to make a hidden ladder up to Jim’s room.” (Bradbury 129). That proves that he does sneak out. A person who would not agree with me would say Jim does care. They would back it up by saying Jim instantly cleaned the roof after the dust witch painted it. However Jim he did not care if his house was to burn down. That is proof how Jim is careless.
One more personality that Jim has is that he is brave. He is brave because he lied to the police, yelled at his friend, and snuck out. Since lying to the police is against the law it takes a lot of guts to do it, in this case Jim did. “I know you, you’re not acting guilty. You didn’t steal anything” (Bradbury 131). That proves that Jim did lie to police. Another way that Jim is brave is for yelling at your best friend which is never a good thing. Jim screamed “When I’m older, darn it, older!” (Bradbury 97). They were screaming about why Jim snuck out in the middle of the night. The final reason how Jim is brave is that he snuck out. “A tiny shadow scanned the town, searching for but not finding Jim.” (Bradbury 98). This says that they looked for Jim but could not find him. Some people do not think that he is brave and would say, Jim ran when “Robert” screamed for the police. Most people would if they knew what the caller was going to say. That’s how Jim is brave.
The final personality that Jim has is friendly. Jim shows his friendliness by not hitting back after Will punched him, cleaned the roof so that neither of them would get in trouble, and went along with Miss Foley’s plan. “Will crushed the wind out of Jim, lay heavy on him, fisting his mouth tight.” (Bradbury 98). Throughout that whole paragraph Jim never hit Will back. Secondly they cleaned the roof so the two of them would not get in trouble. “They showered the roof” (Bradbury 154). That little bit shows true friendship, working together and keeping each other safe. The final reason how Jim is friendly is that he lied to help Miss Foley. When she called the police and said that they robbed her he admitted to it. Jim was being friendly to a lady in his neighborhood which is being neighborly. “Because Miss Foley – who knows why? – wants us guilty.” (Bradbury 131). People probably think Jim is the worst kid on Earth and would say he left Will to put up the lightning rod alone. He did not, the salesmen helped him and Jim did not believe the salesmen so he did not think there was any need to help.
Jim is not an evil kid he is careless, brave, friendly. To Will, Jim is his everything plus his best friend.