Characterization - the Man Who Loved Flowers

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The Man Who Loved Flowers
Characterization of the main character
The main character in Stephen King’s The Man Who Loved Flowers is a young man with black hair and light blue eyes. The man is described as being nicely dressed, wearing a grey suit with the tie pulled down a little and the top collar button undone. We assume that he is from New York City as that is where we find him during the story, although it isn’t stated directly.
As we follow this young guy through the streets of New York City, he is described through the thoughts of an old lady and a flower vendor which he passes on his way. They assuming that he is in love, seeing the bounce in his steps and the half-smile on his lips.
The young man seems like a very friendly and polite person, this is mainly based on his conversation with the flower vendor, an example on this is to find on page 178 lines 11-12
“I’m gonna tell you what I think. Hey! Advice is still free, isn’t it?” The young man smiled and said. ”I guess it’s the only thing left that is.”
The way people smile and recognize themselves in him, when he passes them, also indicates that his appearance is friendly as well.
It seems as if he has a lot on his mind as he doesn’t notice any of the ongoing events he finds himself in the middle of. An example on this is to find in page 179 lines 16-18
He was unaware of the two teen-aged girls who passed him going the other way and then clutched themselves and giggled.
Right up until the end of the story, this is the impression of the young man the reader is left with. But you then realize that he has two personalities, the nice, lovely and friendly one who is dreaming about the love of his life, and the more realistic, angry and cruel one who kills women whenever he realizes that they aren’t the ones he is looking for.
This other personality seems to be depressed or enraged by the fact that…...

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