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Charles tries to be a good man, but he’s usually so busy thinking about
it that he has little time for doing it. He wants to be part of Will’s
life, but he feels unable to communicate with him because of the vast
age difference. Only at the end of the novel does Charles realize that
the only thing that matters is happiness. The discovery of how to destroy
the carnival is, though, to his credit.
Dark’s sinister nature both draws people in and pushes them away. It
is impossible to tell his age, as with the carousel, age is not a factor
for him. It is clear, though, that he enjoys pain in all forms. He physically
tattoos his body on a regular basis. He puts those who are not content
with their lives through mental anguish and holds them prisoner. His name
is reflective of his character.
The text is broken into three parts: arrivals, pursuits, and departures. The arrivals section deals primarily with the exposition and rising action of the story. We meet all of the necessary and important characters, and by the end of the arrivals section, we know about the hidden evils of the carnival. We also know the carnival will undoubtedly pursue the boys for hurting Cooger. The pursuits section also deals with the rising action of the story. By the end of section, the boys have been captured by the carnival, as have all of the rest of the carnivals’ victims. It is, however, also by the end of this section that the reader, through Charles’ actions, knows it will be possible to defeat the carnival. The departures section contains the climax, the falling action, and the resolution, but most of those don’t occur until the final chapter. With Charles’ knowledge of how to defeat the carnival, he defeats the Dust Witch, and subsequently Dark, the major threat of the novel. Dark’s fall leads to the fall of the entire carnival. It is not, though, those defeats which save Jim. Jim is only saved through Charles’ realization that joy, merriment, and true content with life are the only saving graces.
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