Im Not Scared Essay

665 Words Nov 17th, 2010 3 Pages
Although Michele experiences fear, he never lets his fear override his moral convictions. Discuss.
In the novel ‘I’m Not Scared’ by Niccolo Ammaniti, depicts a sense of Michele’s ethical struggles and steady move towards good in the face of evil. Through experiences, some people’s values through the book are disintegrated through fear, whereas others, such as Michele’s rose above it, because of his concern for others and loyalty. Michele manages to do a whole lot better in ethical terms than the adults who is blinded by the hope of material gain, behaving criminally. His choices, with exception of the ‘Judas’ secret, are the right ones. His compassion and natural sense of what is right and wrong are sure guides, despite his age, naivety
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He tried to foil them by imagining luring them into a golden bus to take them ‘all to the circuses.’ He imagined that when his stomach opens they ‘all walk happily into it’.
Unfortunately, as he learns more about Filippo Carducci, the kidnapped son of the Lombard business man, Michele’s nightmares shift to reality of his own living world. Michele’s discovery of the boy in hole and what to do is the most serve test of his moral character. The principle questions were, will Michele do anything to help the boy? Or just pretend he never found him? Even when Michele knows he is right to be afraid, he is compelled to act by his sense of moral obligation. He knows he ‘must go’ to see Filippo after he hears Filippo’s mother’s declaration of love on the television and the attempt to cut off one of his ears. His loss of innocence and world of betrayal are distressing and difficult lessons for him. “Papa was the bogeyman. By day he was good but at night he was bad.” After Michele had promised his father’s head that he would not go visit Filippo again, he was torn by the fact that he had also promised Filippo that he will visit him. And so, as Michele break’s his father’s trust he foreshadows future escape plans for Filippo.
In conclusion, Niccolo Ammaniti portrays Michele as a ‘beacon of light’ which he never lets his fears overcome his moral convictions. As Michele reserves of both physical and moral courage’s to break his

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