In the book The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin, Turtle Wexler is the main character. Turtle is a young girl, who is often misunderstood and left out, mostly by her mother Grace Wexler. Probably because she kicks people in the shins from messing with her braided hair. "Oh, it's you. Mrs. Wexler always seem surprised to see her other daughter, so unlike golden-haired, angel-faced Angela"(Raskin 10).
Anglea! Give me that!
Turtle! That's mine!
Buba! We need to figure out who murdered Sam Westing! Stay focused!
Turtle is not one for a new hair style! Turtle is known for her "famous" braids. "They faced north, gasping like statues cast in the moment of discovery, until, Turtle Wexler, her kite tails of a braid flying behind her, raced her bicycle into the driveway"(Raskin 6). Turtle loves her braids and is very valued by her. She'll kicks you in the shin if you touch her braid. In the middle, when Buba thinks her hair will look good short, she is turns out appalled with the shortness. Turtle knew no more braids, and was crushed, until everyone complimented her.
But, I need to fix Angela's dress!
As a character, Turtle has a very strong personality. Her strongest personality shown is bratty! "Hey Angela, Turtle called the length of the table. It's against the law to marry that doctor-to-be. He's your cousin"(Raskin 28). Turtle's personality of being bratty shines through all her traits because when she is bratty, it shows how much she really cares. Turtle likes to be mean and she likes to be bratty, especially when she can get her way. She doesn't show any attempts to change her brattiness, until she starts playing the Westing Game, that really starts to change her personality.
'I'm right here"
In the beginning of the book, Turtle Wexler is not so much a good person! She is very snobby and mean. "Touch her precious pigtail, even by accident and she'll kick you in the shins, the brat"(Raskin 7). Also, She likes to take things that aren't her's. Like in the picture, Turtle takes Angela's ice cream. While this doesn't happen in look book, she does take things that doesn't belong to her.
In the middle of the book, the Westing Game has finally taken place. They need to find out who murderer Sam Westing, in order to inherit the money from the will. Turtle now starts to loose her meanness and starts to become more focus and engaged. "Turtle returned to her calculations, multiplying numbers of shares times price, adding a broker's commission, trying to total the sums to the ten thousand dollars the have to spend"(Raskin 43). She is never as happy, mean, or sad. She starts to stop as much showing emotion as she did before ad when she hide her emotions, she stops saying things that doesn't include the Westing Game, effecting her character.
(Turtle is grown and married) Finally towards the end of the book, Turtle is still feisty but she has a lot of kindness in her. She starts to care about people and she starts to get the attention she has always wanted. Right before her best friend dies, she stays with him before he's gone forever. "Turtle spent the night at the bedside of Julian R. Eastman. His hand turned cold, not smooth, not waxy, just very, very cold"(Raskin 179;182). As we know, Turtle obviously wouldn't have done this in the beginning of the book. This kind act clearly shows her change as a character