Turtle Wexler- The Westing Game

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This Storyboard is the Characterization of Turtle Wexler in the novel, The Westing Game. The comic also depicts how her character is developed as the novel progresses. Text evidence is used from the book to support each trait, with an explanation for each window.

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  • Characterization: Tabitha-Ruth (Turtle) Wexler The Westing Game By: Ellen Raskin
  • Turtle's hair is always braided. "Turtle Wexler, her kite tail of a braid flying behind her, raced her bicycle..." (Raskin 6). She does not let anyone, not even her own mother, lay as much as a finger on her hair.
  • Turtle's strongest personality trait is her smartness. "Turtle paid no attention to the victim. She was more interested in the two men entering the room: a burly male nurse and that creep of a lawyer, Plum" (Raskin 109)
  • THAT'S IT!
  • Turtle's First Appearance in The Westing Game: "The third bedroom was a trifle too small, but it would do just fine for Turtle" (Raskin 3). Turtle is first introduced here with her family. This is where Turtle and her family, the Wexler's, first see their new apartment, along with Turtle's closet of a bedroom at Sunset Towers, which is located along the Great Lakes of the state of Michigan, USA.
  • At the beginning of the novel, Turtle was extremely bratty and aggressive. "Touch her precious pigtail, even by accident, and she'll kick you in the shins, the brat" (Raskin 7).
  • I'LL GET YOU, DOUGLAS HOO!
  • In the novel, Flora Baumbach was the only other person (other than Turtle herself) ever to be permitted by Turtle to touch her hair, and she did so only because Turtle wanted the dressmaker to braid it. All the other characters were advised not to, because if they touched her hair even by accident, they would regret it with an extreme kick in their shins from the young, thirteen-year-old teenage Turtle Wexler. Though she may seem pretty aggressive at the very beginning of The Westing Game, young Turtle will soon put a stop to her old ways for the better.
  • In the middle of the book, Turtle is loyal to other characters, such as her older sister, Angela. "'Don't worry, you'll still be pretty,' said Turtle, 'But, wow, that sure was a dumb thing to do'" (Raskin 99). 
  • Turtle won the Westing Game because she was the only one who filled in the blanks, keeping confidential information from other people throughout the book. She was so clever, that the WPP stocks were inherited by her. Along with money from the Westing Paper Product company's stocks, winning the Westing Game allowed her to gain an additional two-hundred million dollars. In this quote, it describes how intently Turtle is paying attention to the little details in the scene, even though they may seem to have nothing to do with what she is looking for, which is believed to be Sam Westing's murderer.
  • Towards the end of the book, Turtle becomes more understanding towards others, especially 'Sandy McSouthers' in particular. "For the first time since Sandy died, Turtle smiled" (Raskin 158). 
  • Even though the young teenager did not know the person, she would kick them in the shins for whatever the reason of them touching her braid was-- whether by accident or not. Every heir living in Sunset Towers knew this, therefore their choice was to either touch it on purpose, or not go near Turtle whatsoever to risk it at all. Doug Hoo, another young heir at the Towers, was one character to purposefully tug on Turtle's braid and then run away, just so that she could get annoyed. Most of the other heirs only got kicked for touching it by accident, or with no intentions of harming Turtle.
  • Turtle was loyal to her sister because even though Angela set off all the bombs, the young, former-brat decided to take all the blame for herself. This took nerves, as not too many people in their right minds would go out and blame themselves for an act like this. Turtle wanted to save Angela, her older sister, from raised suspicion, and did not want her to get into all that trouble right before her marriage, which defeats Angela's whole point of bombing in the first place. This is unlike the usual Turtle, as she is typically not the type to be considerate of someone else, or anyone other than herself.
  • The Sunset Towers' ex-doorman was Turtle's most trusted mentor before he passed. After he did die, Turtle was devastated from the hearing of this news, as he was someone she could actually trust. In the quote, as Turtle reads the will, there are some hints that are revealed to her. Later on, near the end of the novel, Turtle mentally concludes to herself that Sandy did not die when it seemed like he did in front of all the other heirs. Instead, he had died of natural causes many years later, all beneath the hidden fact that everyone else believed of his death, years and years ago.
  • Hey, Sandy!
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