Sunday, 20 September 2015

Novel Study - Character Profiles - Tristan

Kira:

Kira is a twelve year old girl, who lives with her family, under the rule of King Arden, and the first law. Her family consists of her father, a respected man throughout the kingdom, her mother, younger sisters Kahrin and Elspeth, and her older brother Dane. When everyone is ordered into service for war, and Lord Dorcon ‘humbly’ brings her family into the situation, sending all unmarried girls, including Kahrin to Lasser Commons ( Prison ) Kira escapes, with her youngest sister Elspeth, the beginning of a long journey for them.

Kira has Red hair, which i’m assuming is long, messy and dirty from living as a fugitive so long. She has what is described as ‘sky blue’ eyes, and pale skin. The features she is most recognised by, due to the prophecy, would be the boy clothes she wears ( Her brothers clothes she scavenged from the washing line ), the fact that she doesn’t wear the bands of marriage ( Equivalent of a wedding ring ) and most of all, Jinx, her big, blue, twin tailed pet dragon. Also, Paradon gives her a charm, a sort of necklace, that once put on, is impossible to take off. This is like the magical equivalent of a walkie-talkie, and allows Kira, Elspeth, and Paradon, to communicate, from long distances apart.

I’d say Kira has mixed personalities. More or less, the three main traits i’d use to describe her, is opinionated, fiery, and strangely enough, caring. For example, Kira is clearly fiery and opinionated all throughout the book, starting when she is told a marriage has been arranged for her. Yet, she also seems very caring. Not many people put their whole fate and life on the line to save some starving girls from a wretched prison, with a high chance their sister could already died in there.

Kira is seriously a Tom boy. You name anything in the book, considered boyish, dragons, knights, whatever, she likes it. I mean, what kind of girl, of her age, in her world, would even consider the thought of being a dragon knight. This proves she is opinionated, as stated before. There are two things in her life, she hates the most. The first law, and Lord Dorcon. In Kira’s eyes, and many others, the first law is simply rubbish. She is one hundred percent against this, and seems like the one girl who would willingly break every rule listed, just to rub it in Lord Dorcons face. This brings me to my next point. Kira and her family hate Lord Dorcon. But the only reason for this, is because Lord Dorcon hates their father, and would do anything to ruin his life, and that of his families.



Over all, I think Kira is a really strong minded, yet thoughtful character. As I said, I feel as if she has split emotions at times, but something I found interesting, is that if her and her brother were to just switch lives, they’d be much happier just like that. She could run off, and become a dragon knight, while he could stay home, and be that peaceful farmer.


Dane:


Dane is a 14 year old boy, who lives with his family. But, unlike most boys his age, his dream is to be a farmer, rather than goofing off uncontrollably on a dragon's back. When war is announced, and everyone is ordered into service, Dane ( Protective of his family ) Is furious when Lord Dorcon announces he’ll be sending Kahrin, and other unmarried girls to Lasser, and relieved, but extremely worried, to see his oldest and youngest sister, Kira and Elspeth, escape Lord Dorcon, and disappear into the fields.

Dane has red hair, pale skin, and i’d assume, like his sisters, he has blue eyes. Throughout most of the story, his clothing is more or less classed as rags, due to being stuck in the dungeon the whole time. This also leads me to believe he’s very skinny and frail, living only off of bread and cheese his instructor smuggled in. The signature part of his appearance, is Lord Dorcons mark, branded into his cheek with irons ( Thanks Dad! ) Although, to Lord Dorcons disappointment, it heals pretty well, and his face isn’t totally ruined, once again thanks to Danes dragon instructor sneaking some cream into the dungeon.

Dane is generally calm about most situations, the best example being that he would much rather be a farmer than a dragon knight. Upon being told his father was dead, and taking his punishment, Dane was just outright depressed. But, despite generally being quiet, and calm, he is very defensive of his family, and would do anything for them. For example, he beat up Nate because he teased his father, and couldn’t care if Lord Dorcon killed him or not, at the thought of drifting his attention away from his sisters.

Danes best friend, and almost like a loyal companion, is Shanks, a ( 17? ) Year old boy, who was also being trained as a dragon knight for war. Although they had a rough start, due to Danes foul mood at the time, they grow quite close throughout the story. And, like the rest of his family, he hates Lord Dorcon, which as mentioned, is only because Lord Dorcon would do anything to ruin their lives.

I personally think Dane is like the medieval equivalent of a mama’s boy. He’d much rather stay out of fighting and war, and act in the background as a farmer. Plus, as mentioned, he’s very defensive of his family. Also, despite everything Lord Dorcon has done to every other member of his family, in my opinion, Dane has more reason to hate him than anyone else. Sure, he tried to kill his two sisters, threw Kahrin in Lasser, killed father, brought his hatred into the family. But Dane was enslaved by him, branded, locked up, like the next step down from torture. Either way, I think that overall, Dane is a really peaceful, quiet character, pretty much the opposite of his sister Kira.

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