The Westing Game Turtle Wexler

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  • Turtle Wexler
  • I'm misunderstood.
  • Physical Description
  • Strongest Personality Trait
  • Sandy didn't drink. Sandy was sick. Sandy was very clever.
  • This must be because Sandy and Sam are the same person.
  • Sam didn't drink. Sam would be sick. Sam was just as clever as Sandy.
  • Turtle is a misunderstood teenager who is often in her sister Angela's shadow. She is a heir in her Uncle Sam's will. Turtle's mother treats her poorly and is constantly judging her appearance. She thinks nothing of Turtle and gave her a closet as a bedroom. "The third bedroom was a trifle small, but it would do just fine for turtle," (Raskin 3). Everyone tends to compare Turtle to her sister and she feels as if she were only "Angela's sister" and not as an individual.
  • Character Trait at the Beginning
  • Turtle has medium length dark brown hair that is always almost in a braid. Turtle has pale skin and dark brown eyes. Turtle mostly looks angry because of the was he mother treats her. Her mother is sometimes surprised to see Turtle around because of her appearance. "Mrs. Wexler always seemed surprised to see her other daughter, so unlike golden-haired, angel-faced Angela," (Raskin 10). People often compare the way Turtle looks to the way her sister Angela looks.
  • Character Trait in the Middle
  • I figured out what the clues mean!
  • Turtle's strongest personality trait is that she's smart. She is able to figure things out that other people might not be able to figure out. She was able to figure out that Sandy and Sam are the same person while others completely missed the fact this is so. "But Sam Westing did not drink, you say. Neither did Sandy. I used his flask on Halloween and there was a funny aftertaste in my pop, but not of whisky; I know how whisky tastes, because I use it for toothaches. It was medicine. Sandy was a sick man, and the flask was part of his disguse, but it also contained the medicine that kept him alive," (Raskin 168).
  • Character Trait at the End
  • You little brat!
  • In the beginning of the novel it is clear that Turtle is hot-tempered due to the fact she kicks things or people when something does not go her way. "She kicked the bed, kicked the chair, kicked the desk and elbowed past the disapproving secretary," (Raskin 56).
  • In the middle of the novel we begin to see that Turtle is witty and clever. She focuses less on her looks and people's thoughts on her and focuses more on the stock market and winning the Westing game. "Turtle not only looked like her Uncle Sam, she acted like him," (Raskin 159). Since Turtle acts like her Uncle Sam the game is easier for her since they have the same mindset. Turtle knows exactly how Sam wanted them to play the game giving her an advatage to victory.
  • Towards the end of the novel Turtle becomes more confident in herself and no longer cares about what people think of her. "Besides, you always said being pretty wasn't important, it's who you really are that counts," (Raskin 99). It is clear that Turtle has decided not to let people (especially her mother) tear her down and only cares about herself.
  • I don't care what other people think!
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