The Snob Character Analysis

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High social stat High social status and wealth represent power in society. Our society desires wealthy people because they are portrayed as well-mannered, well-behaved and beautiful. Everyone has felt ashamed of their parents at some point in their life and lastly, everyone has been in a conflict. These are familiar elements of life. John Harcourt is the protagonist of the story and he tremendously influences the readers because of the realism he shows in the entire story. His character traits make him relatable to readers and hence prove that his character is realistic. In the story ‘The Snob’, Marley Callaghan illustrates a realistic protagonist, John Harcourt, who is ashamed of his father, gets into a conflict with his girlfriend…show more content…
When John sees his dad at the store, his internal conflict develops and this leads to his conflict with Grace. People in relationships tend to get into arguments with each other. It is a very realistic representation of his character. It would be unrealistic if a couple never argues. He accuses her of being a snob and this leads to the argument which is revealed when the narrator says, “They had never talked in this way, and now they were both quickly eager to hurt each other” (4). This illustrates that they were growing as a couple and were opening up to each other about their feelings. John finally lets his inner anger out on Grace and shows that he cares about her opinion on different matters such as how she views people from lower social class (3). John is a hypocrite since he calls Grace a snob when in reality he, himself is a snob because he is embarrassed of his dad’s lower social status. He is assuming that Grace would not like to be associated with him after finding out the truth. This is shown when he asks Grace, “You don 't like the kind of people you bump into here, … he asks recklessly, full of a savage eagerness to hurt her” (3). He is being naive for forcing his anger on Grace and not realizing the reason that is causing it. People tend to make foolish decisions when they are angry; likewise, John is trying to hurt Grace because he thinks he…show more content…
His character has various layers and character traits that make him real. He is selfish, rude and a hypocrite. He is selfish because he chooses wealth over his father, rude because he accuses Grace of being a snob without any evidence, and a hypocrite because in reality he is a snob. These character traits make him a realistic character. He is not a perfect hero who comes and saves everyone’s day. He is a normal person with both good and bad sides to him. He is not portrayed as a perfect son or a boyfriend because in reality no such thing exists. Every living being has flaws. Like everyone, he has goals for himself. He wants to be part of higher social class. No one is perfect hence this makes him realistic
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