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  • Fever 1793 By Laurie Halse Anderson Character Analysis "Mattie"
  • Mattie is the character I picked for this character analysis. She is humble, stubborn, and a fighter.
  • Mattie is humble. Even at the Ogilvie's mansion. She didn't care for the fancy life, she was happy right where she was. A quote from the book that supports this is, "I did not belong here. Mother may have grown up with carriages and gowns, but I had not." Mattie obviously doesn't feel like she belongs in the rich society, and at one point she defends the coffeehouse​. This shows that Mattie doesn't want to be rich.
  • Mattie is very stubborn. She was very stubborn when Mother was first diagnosed with yellow fever and Mattie was to be sent away. "I advise you send Matilda out of the city at once.'.....'No!'.......'You can't send me away! I need to be here - I need to help! You can't send me away!" This argument kept going for awhile. Mattie being stubborn would not leave, not without a fight. This shows she's very stubborn.
  • Finally, Matilda is also a fighter. Through everything, Mattie was still able to get up every day and work her butt off. "...I found myself listening for Polly's giggle or Grandfather's voice.....I should stop dawdling and get to work." Despite losing Polly and Grandfather she still got up and fixed the coffeehouse. After the fever, after all, the fighting, Mattie still can continue on even better than she did before.
  • In conclusion, these traits really just embody Matilda Cook. Mattie was humble, Mattie was very stubborn, and most of all Mattie was such a huge fighter. She was such an amazing main character to being in the mind of. Matilda had all of these traits, it's what made the book, well the book.
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