Surfacing

Sounder – The boy

Throughout the text, the boy is fueled by unyielding strength. While some may describe this attitude as optimistic, optimism is not exactly the right term—true, he is not pessimistic and never gives up, but he never acts particularly hopeful. It is difficult to attribute characteristics to the boy because he rarely speaks. As the reader, …

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Sounder – The father

The boys father is not actually central to the plot of this book; however, his absence is a major plot detail. How the boy reacts in the wake of his fathers arrest and conviction is the single, most important circumstance around which the book revolves. The removal of his father suddenly makes the man of …

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Sounder – The mother

The boys mother is perhaps the most understated character in the entire novel. She plays a central role in the familys functioning, particularly after the father is arrested. She maintains the home domestically and financially, and she never complains about the enormous burden that suddenly landed on her. Her love for her husband is evident …

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Sounder – Sounder

Sounder is a character, inasmuch as he is important enough to earn the title of the book, even though he, like the father, is absent throughout the majority of the text. Sounder is the animal counterpart to the boys father: they both are taken from the family at the same time, they both return some …

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