Personalities and how they change Essay

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personalities and how they change



Personalities and How They Change:




All people have distinct personalities, some may be good, and some may be bad. However,
one thing always remains constant, personalities are not permanent. For example, if there
is a person who has a bad temperament and is under the influence of a good person, then
their personality may change. As is the situation in “Walk Well, My Brother”, by Farley
Mowat. The protagonist Charlie Lavery is stranded in the arctic with an Eskimo woman
named Konala. He picked her up in a bay on the Gulf Coast to take her to the hospital
because she is very sick. Charlie’s mean personality changes when he meets this Eskimo
woman. Charlie goes from being contemptuous to respectful because of Konala’s kindness.


Initially, Charlie looks upon the Eskimo’s land and their lifestyle scornfully. Charlie
is “a stranger to the land below,” but unfortunately he lacks all safety equipment. He
under estimates the land. Charlie thinks that the Eskimos live in a “filthy” manner.
When he first looks at Konala with “revulsion,” he is contemptuous towards her by
“[shaking] his head and [turning] away” and stating that she is “not bad looking – for a
Husky.” From the beginning Charlie looks down upon Konala. He blames her for everything
that goes wrong. When the plane crashes, Charlie disregards Konala by calling her “a
bloody albatross around his neck.” When Konala makes fish and offers Charlie some, he
just rudely replies, “Eat it yourself… you animal.”


Despite Charlie’s contempt towards Konala’s people and their land, she is very calm and
kind. After persistently being ignored and yelled at by Charlie, Konala still attempts to
aid him. Konala offers Charlie fish and he rejects it while calling her an “animal”. She
could get mad but instead, she “obediently[ ] disappears from the doorway.” Not only
does she want to help him, but she is also interested in him. This fact is reflected by
the way she “[sits] watching him intently”. What changes Charlie’s personality towards
Konala is how she follows him on his trek north taking herself out of the “relative safety
of the aircraft.” Konala leaves behind the hospitable environment at the plane to follow
Charlie through the perilous arctic. This forces Charlie to realize that he misjudged
Konala and that she actually cares for him.


Ultimately Charlie respects the Eskimo’s land and their lifestyle. He begins to notice
things about the land he has never previously noticed. Charlie is very “surprised at how
different the tundra [has] now become from the dreadful void he had trudged across not
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