Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Tam Lin's Character Analysis


Tam Lin has a personality that has a deep relationship with nature. Tam Lin personality gives him the passion for studying nature and strive to inquire into it. The image with the ibis in the field displays Tam Lin’s curiosity within nature and his interests outside of being a bodyguard or servant for El Patron.

Tam Lin is a very selfless and ethical man who believes in the balance of society. Do to Tam Lin beliefs, he thinks that equality between citizens is always the path that should be taken.Tam Lin views the future as a place that everyone has proper rights which are likely why he is very respectful to Matt. Within this photo, you can see Tam Lin’s response to a comment. What he says is advice to defend Matt using his analogies to persuade others that matt is just like everyone else using his “intelligent speech”. Matt was surprised to see how poor the man’s writing was when his speech was so intelligent. (p149)



Here you can see again how Tam Lin has a large connection with nature. This survival, in the book, was given to Matt to allow him to escape to Aztlan away from Opium. We believe that this chest had somewhat to do with a message sent to Matt to tell him Opium is dangerous and should not be embraced by citizens. This Gives us the idea that he likes to protect Matt and wants to make sure he has people who care for him. This also shows, again, how he believes in equality with clones.

This image of the weights simply just displays how he is a bodyguard and is extremely muscular. His job is to protect one of the most powerful rulers in the world forcing him to exercise consistently and a lot.

In the book, Tam Lin is seen as a round character. We think this is because Matt sees Tam Lin as a father figure. Tam Lin is a very large component of Matt’s character development. Tam Lin has always been there to give Matt advice for his future growth. Without Tam Lin, we fear that Matt would have gone down a very dark path or develop El Patron’s mindset. Even though you can see flashes of Matt following the path of El Patron, he is quick to rigged his actions. Whenever Matt makes a wrong choice Tam Lin tries to drive him away from those trails and persuades him to examine the ethical choices.(p99-p111) Within the pages you see listed at the beginning of this sentence, Matt is at a party and starts to follow El Patron’s selfishness. Another piece of advice that was given to Matt was “Any rat in a sewer can lie. It’s how rats are. It’s what makes them rats But humans don't run and hide in dark places because he is something more. Lying is the most personal act of cowardice there is”.(Page 134)

We believe Tam Lin is a very static character within the book. Although you can see he has experienced a lot of character development in the past, they don’t highlight the change within the setting of the book. You see this on Matt finds out that Tam Lin is a terrorist. “Only set a bomb outside the prime minister’s house London” (p176) From him being a terrorist to becoming a father further it shows a lot of character development before Matt came along.

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  1. I thought that the use of Instagram to personify (bring alive) the character Tam Lin as a very cool approach to understand perspective. Having students empathize with the character and portray their interpretation of his thoughts and views using social media made it modern and real.

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