In seed form, Charles Halloway is battling a 24/7 internal brawl he is losing. It is him against his aging self, the old man he believes he is. Halloway glares into the mirror, seeing a fifty-four year old man with “moon-white hair” and a “winter apple face” glaring back. He gazes at his alluring wife, so youthful looking he believes others think she is his daughter. He observes his son, Will, playing with his best pal, Jim. He envies his youth and energy. Watching him jump, run, and play makes him feel old. Sometimes, even Will has to remind himself that Halloway is “not grandfather, not far-wandering, ancient uncle, as some might think, but… my father.” (14)
Charles Halloway, a passive inactive seed, chooses not to grow. He resists the urge to flourish, to change and become the greater man he unknowingly could be. This becomes evident when Halloway, employed as a janitor at the library, is staring out the window and spots the boys. The time is three in the morning, yet he does not call out to them to so he can walk home with them. “ “Jim!” called the old man. “Will!” But not aloud. The boys went away toward home. Charles Halloway looked out into the country.” (54)
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...g into a complex flower, acknowledging its own strength. After a skirmish with the Dust Witch, he now knows her weakness. With knowledge that the carnival runs off of fear and pain, happiness is a robust attack action. After Halloway successfully attains Will from Dark’s control, he thinks pointedly to the Witch, telling her what the crescent moon really is— a smile, his smile. Halloway is confident, and shoots the rifle towards the Witch. To his, and the audience’s amazement, she falls to the floor, not getting up. In the end, Halloway outwits Mr. Dark and terminates the Witch.
Once a seed, a flower stands tall, beautiful and proud of what it is. Halloway has shown supreme character growth in this novel, showing that anyone can and eventually will overcome their fears and doubts. With time, care, and perseverance, even the most stubborn seed will blossom.
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