"Anansi Boys" Comparison Essay by Jay Writtings LLC

"Anansi Boys"
A comparison of two characters, Charlie and Spider, from Neil Gaiman's "Anansi Boys".
# 117207 | 1,180 words | 1 source | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Nov 20, 2009 in Literature (American) , English (Comparison)

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This paper compares two characters from Neil Gaiman's work, "Anansi Boys", Charlie and Spider. The paper first reveals that brothers Charlie and Spider are really two sides of the same coin, or two extremes in personality from the same gene pool of the magic god, Anansi, that leads to their difficulties in getting along. The paper then explains that Charlie has worked hard to cover up the psychological issues he bears as a result of the dysfunctional relationship he has with his father, while Spider, who has been living in the moment, is a random occurrence in Charlie's life that threatens to undo his hard work. The paper concludes that Charlie and Spider are similar because of the bond they have as brothers, but notes that it is a bond which Charlie is much better at protecting, since the irresponsible Spider refuses to accept responsibility for the interference and damage he causes in his brother's life.

From the Paper:

"The contrast between the two characters is personified in the simple fact that Charlie finds out that his father was really Anansi the Trickster god, but apparently Spider has inherited all the magic; in other words, Charlie's father has passed down his qualities to someone else--and they remain on earth in the form of Spider.
"Ironically, Spider has many of the traits that Charlie wishes he had: confidence, well-liked, the center of attention, and seems to be stealing Charlie's thunder to a fault. But Spider is not malicious--we might say that Spider is merely mischievous and relatively short-sighted."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Gaiman, Neil. Anansi Boys. William Morrow 2005 New York, NY.

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