“To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence “Mark. In Annie Proulx’s The

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“To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence “Mark. In Annie Proulx’s The Shipping News the main character Quoyle suffers from a lack of confidence which had started when he was very young being picked on at school and getting harassed at home by his father and brother they were the ones responsible for Quoyles terrible self-image. Quoyles experiences made him think that he cannot do anything right and thinks he will never amount to anything. Quoyle changes from a quiet introvert to a confident individual as a result of finding gainful employment, bonding with his daughters, and falling in love.
By bonding with his daughters Quoyle changes from a quiet introvert to a confident individual. It was a big day for Quoyle
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Quoyle was finally being promoted to managing editor at the Gammy Bird. Throughout the novel Quoyle has never gotten any praise but that all changed when he was promoted to managing editor. “O.k. Quoyle, Billy wants to stay with the Home Page so you’re the new managing editor. You’ll do Tert Card’s job, put it together, and handle the phone, assignments, bills, advertisers, and printer. You got to watch the son of a bitch printer. Why I’m taking you down there. If a mistake can be made, he’ll make it. Let’s see. Want you to keep writing the Shipping News.” Quoyle was always put down by his father and brother this is why he felt less of a man and thought he could not do anything. The promotion that Quoyle received is a big stepping stone in Quoyles life. This is because he knows that people will be counting on him to make sure the paper runs smoothly. Quoyles confidence grew even more when he had received a compliment at work. "Thirty-six years old and this was the first time anybody ever said he’d done it right". Quoyle had written his own piece after the shipping news without Jack Buggit knowing about it. Terd Card had made it seem that Jack was angry at Quoyle for writing the piece making Quoyle think he has done something wrong again but to his surprise Jack loved it and wants him to write a piece every time after the shipping news about different boats. This was the first time Quoyle had been given credit for

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