In southern Italy in 1978, Niccolo Ammaniti’s “Im Not Scared” depicts a sense of Michele’s ethical struggles and steady move towards good in the face of evil. Some character values through the novel are disintegrated through fear, whereas Michele, rose above them because of his concern for others and loyalty. His decisions are generally the right ones. His compassion and natural sense of what is right and wrong are sure guides, despite his age, naivety and fears. Michele draws upon a naïve but heroic sense of right and wrong as he accepts responsibilities, His humanity overwhelms his fears. Paragraph 1
Fear is one of the most incapacitating and destructive emotions. To say “Im not scared” is to deny being afraid, but most of the novels characters do experience fear. Firstly Michele’s fear circulates around peer group isolation and anxiety. He fears losing and having to do the forfeit, but his realisation that there was “something dirty…something nasty” that he did not want his sister Maria to see. Skull’s forfeit to Barbara, makes Michele accept the forfeit in her place. Michele’s protection of his sister, though reluctant, is a moral duty he does and is the first sign of innate goodness, Skull’s abuse of power makes all the children live in fear. However it is how Michele is overridden by the morally correct thing to do in this situation even though he feared of not wanting to do the forfeit. Paragraph 2
As Michele learns more about Filippo Carducci, Michele’s nightmares shift into reality. Michele’s discovery of the boy in the hole and what to do is the most severe test of his moral character. Even when Michele knows he is right to be afraid, he is compelled to act by his sense of moral obligation. He knows he “must go” to see Filippo after he hears Filippo’s mothers declaration of love on the television, even though he “was scared”. His loss of innocence and world of betrayal are distressing and difficult lessons for him. “Papa was the bogeyman. By day he...
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