Character & Personality- Ileana Cancinos

11 Apr

In the book, Ragged Dick, the reader is introduced to the character of Dick who has a personality that is very opposite of what the reader would initially think of him. He is a bootblack living in NYC, and although all the others steal and cheat to get what they want, Dick is very honest and earns anything he can. He has a hard-working personality, in which is seen when he decides to save his money to open a bank account. I probably would have spent the money as soon as I got it, but Dick was a smart enough man to use one of Franklins 13 virtues Frugality, to open a bank account and rent his first apartment.

Character is who you are when no one is looking, and dick’s character was a humble and nurturing one. Even when he was out, working for his earnings such as the bakery, he comes home and still gives food to the other bootleggers who didn’t make enough money. There were no business man or upper west side snobs to judge him or to tell him that was a nice thing to do, and he was certainly loosing his earnings for someone else, but he did it because he cared about them.

When I think of manipulation, I think of a negative situation where the person being manipulated is being cheat or scammed into believing a product or an idea that doesn’t make sense, or doesn’t work, or will never occur. In Dick’s situation, I think he manipulates his situations wisely and turns them into positive outcomes, such as not boasting about his new suit, but by walking the streets of NYC proudly and seeming very professional to other business men who would later hire him.

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2 Responses to “Character & Personality- Ileana Cancinos”

  1. Evelyn Almonte April 11, 2013 at 3:19 pm #

    Dick does have a special talent for using manipulation in a positive way and mostly to benefit himself or others. Great analysis Ileana.

  2. saudia93 April 11, 2013 at 4:21 pm #

    I thought your analysis of Dick’s character was interesting and very true. This made me question just how much other people have an influence on the decisions we make in life. If there was someone to recognize his humble acts, would the acts still have genuine motives? Or if there was someone to judge him, would he stop his charitable actions?

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