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In Fenstads Mother by Charles Baxter character is a very essential element to the story The main character Harry Fenstad is a complicated person but it is his mother Mrs Clara Fenstad who I feel is a more important and complex person In this brief paper I will explain why it is my opinion that both of these characters play a crucial role in the story by complementing and developing each others character Fenstad career is a brochure writer but he also teaches an extension English-composition class at the downtown campus of the state university He attends church regularly and his passion is ice skating I know that these may seem like simple ways to describe a character I have referred to as complicated but there is so much more that lies beneath these plain descriptions Fenstad says that he likes to teach because he liked teaching strangers and because he enjoyed the sense of hope that classrooms held for him page 117 Harry seems to be a very distant person in that he likes to be around people who do not really know him He would much rather be an observer than a very active participant When he goes ice skating in the beginning of the story there are a lot of people who are skating but he can blend right in He hs a few friends but they are very similar to Fenstad They like the same things and have the same attitudes about life Fenstad does not want to seem to deviate from his own normal way of life Fenstads mother Clara is a character quite opposite from her son She is older and does not get out of her house much She used to be very active in politics and loves to be around people She has a kindness and generosity that instantly attracts other people When she begins to visit Fenstads logic class the students seem to be more interested
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