Gilbert's personality consists of loving the outdoors, and the sea because it reminds him of his dad and maybe even his mom. He also likes thinking about time and how it’s like another dimension.
In Gilbert's life, Senor Uriarte showed him a book on how time is just another dimension, and that is why Gilbert talks about time so much. So because of these action Senor Uriarte was the one person who motivates his actions about time.
What motivates Gilbert's actions?
Gilbert's father died at sea which was a life changing event in his life. And now both of his parents were dead because his mother died giving birth to him.
What Life Changing Events Oucur?
The beginning of the story it is summer and Gilbert is inside his treehouse and by the end of the story he is in a handcar with his siblings trying to figure out how to time travel or stop time.
When and where is he at the start of the story? At the end?
By the end of the story Gilbert has matured, and now he focuses on time, figuring out how to stop it, and travel through it. “And out there, somewhere, there was time like space and space like time.” (lines 410-411) This line shows how Gilbert focuses on time.