Character Analysis: An Abundance Of Katherines

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What does it mean to matter? To make a difference? To be something or someone? In John Green’s novel, An Abundance of Katherines, Colin Singleton struggles with his existence and the meaning of his life, as many other teenagers do. Colin, although, is not like most teenagers. Colin is the smartest child in his town, he attended the gifted school that his mother taught at, and he had been dumped by nineteen girls, all who were named Katherine, with a K. When Katherine XIX broke up with Colin, it ruined his life, and left Colin, a self-centered know-it-all, wondering what to do with his life. The love life of Colin Singleton, and the road trip he embarks on in An Abundance of Katherines, demonstrates his character development from an underdeveloped child prodigy to a lively teenager.
The character development of Colin Singleton is a complex adventure, but it began with a self-centered former child prodigy who had recently broken up with his nineteenth girlfriend, Katherine. “When it comes to girls (and in Colin’s case, it so
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In An Abundance of Katherines, John Green effectively portrayed a successful character arc, beginning with Colin as a self-centered and egotistical teenager, following to a stage of depression where the protagonist was searching for his life’s purpose, and ending at the peak of his arc. By the conclusion of the novel, Colin’s character is resting at the top of the roller coaster ride--the peak of his character arc--looking out at the infinite and unpredictable future ahead of him. He is content with who he is, satisfied with his life, and okay with not being able to predict every aspect of his life. Who knows what the future has in store for Colin? The rest of his roller coaster ride lays ahead of him, and with Green’s victorious development of Colin throughout the novel, the reader can tell that his future is
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