This is the story of ten year old, Bud Caldwell, who lives in Michigan during the Great Depression. After escaping from a foster home, where he was forced to sleep in a shed, Bud travels on his own to find a musician, Herman E. Calloway, who he believes is his father.
Antagonist- Herman E. Calloway
The novel starts off in Flint, Michigan, at “the Home,” in 1936, where Bud and other orphaned children wait to be placed into a foster family. Later, Bud is put into a new home, where he is treated horribly and plans to escape.
Conflict- Character vs. Society
Bud Caldwell is all smiles and happiness and he's earned it by being so relentless in his pursuit to happiness. He enjoys reading, is kind to everyone, and has a big heart. In addition, Bud is helpful, thoughtful, curious, brave, good liar, and smart.
The story's antagonist is supposedly Bud's father, Herman E. Calloway. Other than Bud describing him as mean, scary, and mad, Herman's music career elevated and he was famous all over Grand Rapids, Michigan. In contrast, at the end of the story, we truly see who Mr. Calloway is.
One of the main conflicts is the search for Bud's father. This is character vs. society because in order for him to leave town, he had to get help from strangers and did many illegal things. Although he did have some downfalls, Bud pushed through and resulted with a great outcome.
The theme of Bud, Not Buddy is to never give up. His mother told him about when one door closes another door will always open, and that is what he thought of whenever he felt like giving up. This lesson Bud's mother taught him, helped him find his family and joy.