Dave Curtin, author of Adam & Megan: A Story of One Family’s Courage writes eloquently and sensitively to develop the story of the Walter family and their struggle with an explosion that has left them burned and disheartened. The writer does an excellent job of including essential details and outlining the family’s pain and courage. One character in particular, Adam, is developed in a way that shows his courage through his actions, words, and emotions. Although only six years old, Adam is developed as a mature, loving, courageous, and brave boy that becomes a rock for his sister in the midst of his own struggles.
Curtin begins developing the character by describing Adam’s voice on tape that he recorded for his father in another hospital. He reveals his emotions about how his father is the “specialist dad in the world”. Although he is hurting and going through a difficult time himself, the young boy cares about making his father feel better, as he knows the pain and struggle that he is dealing with. This characterizes Adam as loving and caring at the start of the piece.
Curtin then discusses Adam’s emotions by stating that he was calm after the explosion and coming to terms with his injuries, until he saw his sister and how badly she was burned. He describes Adam’s coping strategies of fighting off the doctors’ help, which shows his true struggle with the event. Although he is just a young child, he never reveals his emotions through words because of his braveness. So, his actions are essential in developing his character’s braveness overall.
Later in the piece, Curtin describes the children as they return to school in the fall. It caught my attention when he began describing Adam, because of his courage to take on his classmates questions and answer them in a way that was courageous. Like most first graders, Adam’s classmates asked questions about his functional abilities. Adam took on every question bravely, answered it truthfully, and embraced his injuries as a child. This is difficult for anyone to do, and being just six years old, this portion of the writing truly characterizes him to the fullest. Adam is brave, loving, and mature, which is shown throughout the piece.
One thing I really loved that Curtin did was show the differences in ages between Adam and Megan. Since Megan was younger she did not understand the severity of what had happened to herself and her family. Curtin shows more depth in Adam's emotions and we are able to see, like you mentioned, how brave he is.
The character I have chosen from "Adam and Megan's Story" is Megan. We are first introduced to her as she is decorating the Chirstmas tree in the family's rental home after the explosion. We then are transported to before the explosion. Megan is a very happy and bright girl and Curtin makes sure to show the readers how affectionate and lovable she is.
Curtin is able to show us Megans age by the way she doesn't fully understand what has happened to her and how severe her injuries are. When we learn that Megan is only 4 years old, it is not surprising. Megan is always so happy, but as the months go on she gets a better understanding of what has happened to her family and how this will affect her life.
The character I decided to write about from the story "Adam and Megan's Story" by Dave Curtin is Adam. Curtin begins by showing
his character's importance to the story by using his name within the title of the reading. Although he is a main character, there is no actual introduction of who he is, besides several hints such as "their father Bill" and "their children" showing where/how he is placed within the family. Instead of introducing Adam right at the beginning and describing all of his qualities and interests, Curtain weaves in comments such as "Adam is hoping his mother will make his favorite dinner, mac and cheese" (208).
I can apply the style used in this story by creatively weaving in characteristics, rather than straight out stating it.