Essay on Comparing The Novel ' Portrayal Of Friendship

864 Words Jun 22nd, 2016 4 Pages
The novel’s portrayal of friendship is a different idea of the friendship one considers to be friendship. Rather than a close friendship these characters have a rather toxic friendship. The friendship found between the characters is truly toxic as they wonder without goals for themselves, treat each other different, and interact different once they are under the influence of alcohol. Each character plays an important role to one another. These characters cannot rely on each other and even less trust one another openly about their feelings. The characters in the book are bonded through war experiences rather than because they are really friends. Toxic friendship is found between Brett and Jake. This relationship between the two draws Jake to Brett every time she seeks his help. “Toxic means poisonous, damaging or deadly. A toxic relationship drains the life from you, damages your self-esteem, or kills your dreams. While this sounds deadly, toxic relationships can be subtle and do vast harm before we realize it.” The relationship found between the two characters is damaging and hurtful to Jake because Brett damages his self-esteem and masculinity. Brett reminds Jake of his war injury and how they cannot be together because he would not be able to satisfy her needs due to the injury. It is toxic rather to Jake as he wishes for a future with Brett, but she rather dismiss the idea every time he brings it up. Brett is found to be selfish because she uses Jake for her own…

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