Max ‘The person of the year’ In Catherine’s All Good Children

Max ‘The person of the year’ In Catherine’s All Good Children






Max ‘The person of the year’ In Catherine’s All Good Children

Catherine Austen’s book, All Good Children is a sharp masterpiece in all the themes in the book. From Dallas and Max perfecting, the art of speaking as zombie’s, passing as vaccinated students at the school, all through the movies that Xavier watches (Phillips et al., 2016). All Good Children seems to be a complicated sample drafted to explore societal rights extraction which caused the most precious thing like growing up freedom, the joy, and innocence of childhood. The paper aims to examine the main character in the book and the factors that have made him stand out in the book. Max Connors lived with his family in New Middletown, a city which had gates in a gated community. The town is protected from crime and in the city lives rich people. Max in the book is shown as a troublemaker who also portrays other behaviors, not in other children.  Of all the characters in the book, Max is described as the most active of them.

Maxwell Connors should evidently be the person of the year in All Good Children book for various reasons. Being graffiti artist, quick-witted, and prank-pulling, Maxwell seems more observant than the other average teenagers in New Middletown (Frevert et al., 2014). In the first place, Max hates what he sees happening to other teenagers. One of the things he dislikes in the Middletown is how children are becoming obedient since their parents frighten them.  Max continues to wonder whether the children have other hopes of freedom in other unknown places beyond their town walls, an area perceived to be gifted with creativity. As the other children were being transformed into model citizens, Max did not take that seriously in his life. He wanted freedom for himself to do his artistic activities.

Another reason why Max should be named the person of the year is due to his loving personality and much strength in many tasks. Max takes care of his family and also his friends (Kristel et al., 2015). Max’s contribution that makes him outstanding amongst other characters is the fact that he lived with his family as he dealt with class warfare, infertility, genetic manipulation, and screening. More so, he dealt with the aftermath of a flu epidemic, as well as modifications of behavior with the pharmaceuticals.

Max is used to competition such as those with the ultimate’s in the school. And because he is an artistic, emotional and passionate young man, he gets involved in more than the fights he was supposed to appear, both verbal and physical (Austen et al., 2017).  As a credit to Max, he is portrayed as fiercely protective and also loyal to his friends as he defends them when being hurt.

Max’s bold character is continuing all throughout his life every day up to self-realization of what he is meant to do and what’s happening in his community as he decides on what action to take or the flow to follow.

To Max, life never proved to be simple. From the time his father died three years ago, Max and his family were forced to live below the standards of living in the city. The family went from being very rich to just scraping by for a living which made Max angry about the life he lived. Max looks back at life and starts his artwork as he sprawled graffiti scenes on every wall that holds paint. All that Max did make people call him a troublemaker.


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