Character Analysis of Cloyd in Bearstone

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Cloyd: Living in a 'good way' The novel Bearstone narrates the education of a young Native American adolescent named Cloyd. At the beginning of the novel, Cloyd is in a state of internal conflict about his identity. He has lost his parents, and he alienated all of the other people who have attempted to parent him. To show his anger and his sense of loss and alienation, he runs away repeatedly and acts in an angry and vengeful manner towards the people who try to help him. He also runs away from his Native American school. Cloyd continually says he feels 'bad' about himself and the world. Over the course of his stay on the ranch of Walter, an elderly, recently-widowed white man, he learns to trust people again. Walter attempts to bring Cloyd into a sense of feeling 'good' about the world, which also requires Cloyd to begin to feel better about himself. Cloyd, at the beginning of the story, is looking for a father and mother figure, given that his father is terminally ill and his mother is dead. He resists all attempts to 'parent' him despite the fact he evidently needs a guiding force in his life. For Cloyd at the beginning of the story, goodness is associated with independence and autonomy, and his sense of hurt and abandonment leads him to reject all assistance. Through his relationship with Walter and the animals on the farm he gains a sense of positive dependence upon others. Cloyd's search for self is also manifested in his development of a positive connection

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