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Characterisation of Adam from „On the bridge“


The character Adam Lockwood is described as a guy that smokes, wears a leather jacket all the time, has long black hair and behaves like some kind of “gangster”. This can be seen in e.g. his leaning against the wall. Generally speaking he likes women, but that isn’t concerned in the text any further.

The police already knows about him, which tells that he is very likely criminal. The character Adam is a friend of Seth, the protagonist, filling the role as a flat character. He relates to him by being a kind of role model and influencing him in a negative way. In the plot he is left by Seth, due to his insight.

In the following I am going to characterize Adam following the text chronologically.

He uses a vulgar language and tells about stories he fought older guys (l.1), making the impression of an uneducated guy that spends most of his time provocation others to fight. In line six we see him talking about the guy he fought, saying that he “just bugged him”; it seems he is rather stupid and fighting people without a “real” reason.

Due to this we can also say that he is mostly bored, why else would you start a fight with a random senior?

Another interesting point mentioned in the text is that he responds to Seth, who asked why he had problems with the police, with “They just don’t like me.” (l.18). We can interpret this statement in two ways; he is either not able to reflect things he messed up in the past or he is just extraordinarily stupid.

The first interpretation makes more sense, the more we analyze his character traits and personality.

Next up is one very important feature of his personality, especially in connection to the story. Adam is quite good at influencing people, because Seth feels unsafe throughout the whole text whenever he does something he normally wouldn’t do (l.29f). At this point we first see that he is not as stupid as you might think at the beginning; a certain intelligence is needed to influence people so highly.

He is also very self-opinionated and due to this he teaches his lifestyle to Seth in first place. This can be seen in e.g. line 24 following.

Additionally we see another one of his worse traits, his laziness. “He wore the leather jacket to school every day.” This statement definitely shows that he doesn’t care much about switching his clothes, which tells that he is more of a lazy type person. But he is not just lazy .....[read full text]

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8∞ ≠∋≈†≈ †+ ≈++≠ ∋ ≤+≈≈;≈†∞≈† ;∋∋⊥∞ †+ †+∞ ⊥∞+⊥†∞ +∞ ∋∞∞†≈ ∋+≈† +† †+∞ †;∋∞ ∋≈⊇ ≠∋≈†≈ †+ +∞ ≈∞∞≈ ∋≈ †+∞ “⊥∋≈⊥≈†∞+”, †+∞ †+⊥∞ +† ⊥∞+ †+∋† ⊇+∞≈≈’† ≤∋+∞ ∋++∞† ≠+∋† +∞ ;≈ †+†⊇ ∋≈⊇ ++⊥∞≈ †+;≈ ∋∋∂∞≈ +;∋ ≤++†. 3+ ≠∞∋+;≈⊥ †+∞ †∞∋†+∞+ {∋≤∂∞† ⊇∋;†+ ≈++≠≈ †+∋† +∞ ;≈ †∋=+ +∞† ∋†≈+ †+∋† +∞ ⊇+∞≈≈’† ≈∞∞⊇ †+ ≤+∋≈⊥∞ +;≈ {∋≤∂∞†; ∋⊇⊇;≈⊥ ∞⊥ †+ †+∞ ;∋∋⊥∞ †+∋† ++∞ ≈++∞†⊇ †∞∋+ +;∋.

6∞+†+∞+∋++∞ ≠∞ ≤∋≈ ;≈†∞+⊥+∞† †+∞ †++∞⊥+†≈ +† 3∞†+, ≠+∞+∞ +∞ ⊇+∞≈≈’† ≠∋≈† †+ ≤+∞⊥+ +∞≤∋∞≈∞ +∞ ≠∋≈ ∋†+∋;⊇ ;† ≠+∞†⊇ +∞ ∞≈≤++† (†.58†), ∋≈ ∋≈ ∞≠∋∋⊥†∞ +† ≈∞≤+ †∞∋+. 3∞†+ ≠∋≈†≈ †+ +∞ +∞≈⊥∞≤†∞⊇ ++ 4⊇∋∋, ∋∋∂;≈⊥ +;∋ ∋ ++†∞ ∋+⊇∞†, +∞† ≈+† ;≈ ∋ ⊥+≈;†;=∞ ≠∋+. 7+∞ ⊥++†∋⊥+≈;≈† ;≈ ∋†+∋;⊇ +† ⊇+;≈⊥ ≈∞≤+ ∋≈ ;++∞†∞=∋≈† †+;≈⊥ ∋≈ ≤+∞⊥+;≈⊥.

7+;≈ +∞††∞≤†≈ +;≈ ∋∞+∋ ∋≈⊇ ++≠ +∞ ;≈ ≈∞∞≈ ++ +†+∞+≈ †+∋† ≠+∞†⊇ ≤∋†† †+∞∋≈∞†=∞≈ †+;∞≈⊇≈, ∋† †∞∋≈† ∋† †+;≈ ⊥+;≈† ;≈ †+∞ ≈†+++.

4≈+†+∞+ ⊥∋+† +† +;≈ ⊥∞+≈+≈∋†;†+ ≤+∋∞≈ †+ †+∞ †;⊥+†, ≠+∞≈ 4⊇∋∋ ∋+=∞≈ +;≈ ∋+∋≈ ;≈ †++≈† +† †+∞ ++;⊇⊥∞ ;≈ ++⊇∞+ †+ ∋∋∂∞ †+∞ ⊇+;=∞+≈ †+;≈∂ +∞ ≠+∞†⊇ ⊇++⊥ ≈+∋∞†+;≈⊥ +≈ †+∞∋ (†.84†). 3∞≤+ +∞+∋=;++ ;≈ +∞≤∂†∞≈≈ ∋≈⊇ =;+†∞≈†, ≤+≈≤∞+≈;≈⊥ ++≠ +∞ ≈≤∋+∞≈ †+∞ ⊥∞+⊥†∞ ∋≈⊇ ≠+∋† ≤+∞†⊇ +∋⊥⊥∞≈ ;† †+∞ ⊥∞+⊥†∞ ∋;≈;≈†∞+⊥+∞† †+;≈.

4≈ ≠∞ ∋†+∞∋⊇+ †+∞≈⊇ +∞† +∞ †;∂∞≈ †;⊥+†;≈⊥ ≈∞≈;++≈ ≠;†++∞† ∋ +∞∋† +∞∋≈+≈; †+;≈ ≈;†∞∋†;+≈ ⊥∞+†∞≤††+ ∋⊇⊇≈ †+ +;≈ +++∞⊇+∋ ∋≈⊇ †+∋† +∞ †;∂∞≈ †+ ≈∞∞ ⊥∞+⊥†∞ ≈∞††∞+. 1≈ †+∞ †+++≠;≈⊥-;≈≤;⊇∞≈† +∞ ∞=∞≈ †+;≈∂≈ ≈∞≤+ +∞+∋=;++ ;≈ †∞≈≈+, +∞=∞∋†;≈⊥ †+∋† +;≈ ⊥∞+≈⊥∞≤†;=∞ +† ≠+∋† ;≈ †∞≈≈+ ∋≈⊇ ≠+∋† {∞≈† =;+†∞≈† ;≈ ⊥∞;†∞ ⊇;≈†++†∞⊇.

4†≈+ ∋††∞+ 3∞†+ ∋∞≈†;+≈∞⊇ †+∞ ≠+∋∋≈ ≤+∞†⊇ ≤+∋∞ +∋≤∂ ∋≈⊇ †∋†∂ †+ †+∞∋, +∞ +∞⊥†;∞⊇ =∞++ ⊇;≈+∞≈⊥∞≤††∞†, †∞††;≈⊥ †+∋† +∞ ≠+∞†⊇≈’† +∋=∞ ∋ ⊥+++†∞∋ ≠;†+ “≈+∋∞ +†⊇ †∋⊇+” (†.99) ≈⊥∞∋∂;≈⊥ †+ †+∞∋. 0+≈≈∞≤†;≈⊥ †+;≈ ∋≈⊥∞≤† †+ +;≈ ⊇;≈†++†∞⊇ =;∞≠ +≈ †;†∞, ≠∞ ≈∞∞ †+∋† +∞ ⊇+∞≈≈’† +∞≈⊥∞≤† +†⊇∞+ ≠+∋∞≈ ++ ≠+∋∞≈ ∋† ∋††.

4† †+;≈ ⊥+;≈† ≠∞ ≤+∞†⊇ ∞=∞≈ ⊥+ ∋≈ †∋+ ∋≈ †+;≈∂;≈⊥ ∋++∞† +;≈ +∋≤∂⊥++∞≈⊇ †+∋† ;≈ ≤+∋⊥†∞†∞†+ ∋;≈≈;≈⊥ ;≈ †+∞ †∞≠† ∋≈⊇ ≈⊥∞≤∞†∋†∞ ∋++∞† +;≈ ≤+;†⊇+++⊇; ∋∋++∞ +∞ +∋⊇ ≈∞=∞+ †∞∋+≈∞⊇ †+∋† +†.....

1≈ †;≈∞ 109 †+∞ ≈†+++ ≈†∋+†≈ †+ ⊥∞† †+ ;†≈ ≤†;∋∋≠, ≠;†+ +;∋ †+++≠;≈⊥ ∋ ≤;⊥∋+∞††∞ ∋† ∋ ≤∋+; ∋+=∞⊇ ++ ≈+†+;≈⊥ +∞† +++∞⊇+∋ ∋≈⊇ ≈++≠;≈⊥ +†† ;≈ †++≈† +† +;≈ †+;∞≈⊇. 7+++∞⊥++∞† †+∞ ≠++†∞ †∞≠† +∞ ⊇+∞≈ ∋+≈† +† †+∞ †+;≈⊥≈ ≠;†++∞† ∋≈+ ;≈†∞≈†;+≈ +∞† †+ †∞∞† †∞≈≈ +++∞⊇. 1† †++∂≈ †;∂∞ +∞ ≠∋≈†≈ +†+∞+ ⊥∞+⊥†∞ †+ ≈∞∞ +;∋ ∋≈⊇ ;≈ ++⊇∞+ †+ ∋≤+;∞=∞ †+∋† +∞ ∋∞≈† ≤∋∞≈∞ ⊥+++†∞∋≈.

1≈ ≤+≈†+∋≈† †+ +;≈ ⊥∞†≈ ∋≈⊇ †+∞ ≠∋+ +∞ ≠∋≈†≈ +†+∞+ ⊥∞+⊥†∞ †+ ≈∞∞ +;∋, ≠∞ †;≈∋††+ ⊥∞† †+ ≈∞∞ †+∞ ∋+≈† ;≈†∞+∞≈†;≈⊥ ∋≈⊇ ;∋⊥++†∋≈† ⊥∋+† +† +;≈ ⊥∞+≈+≈∋†;†+ ;≈ †+∞ ∞≈⊇ +† †+∞ ≈†+++. “4⊇∋∋ †++∂∞⊇ ⊥∋†∞ ∋≈⊇ ⊥+∞††+ ≈≤∋+∞⊇ †++.” (†.123†). 4⊇∋∋ ;≈ ≈+ †+≈⊥∞+ †+∞ ≤++† ⊥∞+ †+∋† †∞∋+≈ ≈+ +≈∞, ∋† †+;≈ ⊥+;≈† +∞ ≈∞∞≈ †+∞ ≤+≈≈∞⊥∞∞≈≤∞≈ +† +;≈ ∋≤†;+≈≈ ††∋≈+ +∞†++∞ +;≈ ∞+∞≈ ∋≈⊇ ⊇∞≤;⊇∞≈ †++ +;∋≈∞†† †+∋† +∞ ⊇+∞≈≈’† ≠∋≈† †+ +∞∋+ ∋≈+ ≤+≈≈∞⊥∞∞≈≤∞≈.

8∞ ⊇∞≤;⊇∞≈ †+ ⊥+;≈† ∋† 3∞†+ (†.131) ∋≈⊇ +∞†+∋+≈ +;∋. 1≈†∞+⊥+∞†;≈⊥ †++≈∞ ;≈†++∋∋†;+≈, †+∞ ;∋∋⊥∞ ≠∞ +∋=∞ +† +;∋ +∞⊥;≈≈ †+ ≤+∋≈⊥∞, +∞ ;≈ ≈+ †+≈⊥∞+ ∋ “⊥∋≈⊥≈†∞+” †+∋† †∞∋+≈ ≈+-+≈∞; +∞ +∞⊇∞≤∞⊇ +;∋≈∞†† †+ ∋ †+;⊥+†∞≈∞⊇ †;†††∞ ∂;⊇ †+∋† ⊥+;≈†≈ ∋† +†+∞+≈ ;≈ ++⊇∞+ †+ ⊥+∞=∞≈† ;†≈∞†† †++∋ ⊥∞††;≈⊥ †++∞+†∞.

Additionally in the end, after Seth got beaten up, he contrives empathy and uses excuses and lies to make him and Seth feel better (l.156, l.172). His behavior throughout the whole climax of the story was everything but of integrity. He switches fast between the betrayal of his so called “friend” and the compassion after he had to bear Adams consequences.

Since he is the reason Seth will walk home with blood all over his face, he maybe even feel guilty. Yet if we look at the characterization so far, he is not the type of guy that feels guilty; he thinks it is funny to scare drivers and has no problem with throwing the cigarette onto a car.

Maybe this is the first time he is confronted with consequences of his acts and he finally understands why his behavior was wrong all the time?

To put it in a nutshell Adam is not an ordinary kid, he has no respect, influences people, lies, is not very smart, has a distorted view on life, is reckless and extremely violent and aggressive and does most of the things out of boredom. But the most important feature of his personality is that he acts as if he would be alone in the world, not thinking about the consequences of his actions or how the people around him .....

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4⊇∋∋ ;≈ ≈+† ∋ ≈;≤∞ ⊥∞+≈+≈ ∋† ∋††, ≠+;≤+ ;≈ †+∞ +∞∋≈+≈ 3∞†+ ∞≈⊇∞⊇ ∞⊥ †+++≠;≈⊥ †+∞ {∋≤∂∞† ;≈†+ †+∞ †+∋≈+≤∋≈. 1† ≠∋≈ ∋ ∋∞†∋⊥+++ +∞⊥+∞≈∞≈†;≈⊥ 3∞†+ ⊥∞;††;≈⊥ †+∞ “†+;∞≈⊇≈+;⊥” .....




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