Every Day

By David Levithan

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Character Analysis

The main character in every day by David leviathan, A is very different from characters of other books. A's physical appearance is very unique because it is never the same "I wake up. Immediately I have to figure out who I am. It’s not just the body—opening my eyes and discovering whether the skin on my arm is light or dark,whether my hair is long or short, whether I’m fat or thin, boy or girl, scarred or smooth. The body is the easiest thing to adjust to, if you’re used to waking up in a new one each morning. It’s the life, the context of the body, that can be hard to grasp. Every day I am someone else. I am myself—I know I am myself—but I am also someone else. It has always been like this." (1). So basically A wakes up every morning in the body of a different person and has to adjust himself to live a day in their life, he has a soul and mind of his own but not a body of his own. This can have many conflicts which I will explain later.


As for A's personality i would consider A a very kind and caring person and also very mentally tough. An example of his caring and kindness is the fact that he always tries to not mess up the life of the person he is for a day he does what they normally would do. The only exception to this is when he leaves the towns hes in to see Rhiannon because he is in love with her but still he tries his hardest to not totally mess up any ones life . An example of A being mentally tough is the fact that he has to go through this every day and cant live a normal life and having to deal with the urges of a normal life.


As i mentioned before A faces many conflicts throughout the novel some small and some big. one example of a small conflict (for his life) is having to adjust to fit each person every morning and sometimes its not that easy on day 6021 (p.234) A wakes up as a girl named Dana and wakes to a pounding headache and an angered/ upset mother because the night before Dana managed to sneak out with her fathers car drive to a party, get extremely drunk and attempted to drive home which resulted in immediately crashing into a pole. "Dana’s mother stares down at me with as much sorrow as anger." (234) An example of a big conflict is a, being in love with Rhiannon and having to deal with her not accepting him for not having a normal body and wishing he was normal.

Development

One major component of the book every day by David Leviathan and many other books is the use off literary elements and there affect on the advancement of the plot. In this book one literary element that has an effect on advancement of plot is setting. I believe that the setting in this book dramatically prevents the plot from progressing smoothly. I think this because with A waking up in a different body every morning in a different town the setting changes and he hes to figure out how to get to Rhiannon every day or see if he can at all. This makes it very hard for A to move along in his personal life preventing the plot from progressing smoothly.


Another literary element that has an effect on the advancement of plot is characterization. I believe that unlike the setting the characterization helps the plot move along. I think this because Rhiannon is a character who is really good a conforming and compromising with other characters. Also she is very good at listening and is patient. An example of her conforming and compromising is going out of her way each day to go meet A somewhere because he is not always close. This helps advance the plot because without this quality A wouldn't be able to see her. An example of her patience and listening is understanding A and not wasting any of the limited time they have together.

Evaluation

The novel every day by David Leviathan is truly a wonderful book and in terms of praising and panning i would praise this book. One reason for my choice is the fact that the book is such a unique topic, ive never found or heard of another book like it. This means that that the topic and plot is new making it more interesting and grasping. Another reason is that the book is constantly freshened up by a new character every day or chapter (the person who A wakes up as). This makes the book interesting and ever expanding which is a quality i like in books. All in all I would praise this book for its unique plot and the suspense it creates.
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