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In Peter Goldsworthys Maestro the characterization of each individual can be further analysed as the theme of superficial misleading impressions Throughout the novel Paul Crabbe encounters different characters It is through these relationships that we see the irony within each beginning and ending impressions Paul has with every personality he meets Paul Crabbe and Keller share a special bond that almost beckons to be ruined from the onset of the novel Their relationship begins adversely Paul is self-centred and has acclimatised to constant praise and admiration it is due to this that Paul shows discontentment to Kellers teachings He immediately began to explain in language I thought simple and patronising Keller restrains himself by staying remote and removed from others and not displaying certain feelings such as love and praise however as Paul and Kellers relationship progresses Paul finds something from the originally rigid unhappy character he came to love In return Keller looks past Pauls arrogance and finds himself able to share intimate details with Paul Goldsworthy denotes from this strong friendship that first perceptions do not always reveal the true personality of the character The reversal of roles between Megan and Rosie shows Goldsworthys deliberate attempt to exhibit the contrast between love and mere lust In dealing with this issue Goldsworthy examines how one can face a change of heart over a particular person due to certain circumstances Paul begins by idolising Megan the girl of his dreams his desire for her is merely physical perhaps it was her back that I first loved the furred nape of her neck her smooth bare shoulders the thick cumulus of pale hair Paul finds himself unable to look past Megans conniving and shallow personality except after meeting Rosie In contrast to Megan Rosie is unpopular and plump Paul is reluctant to share a connection with Rosie because of this but as their time together progresses he realises that their matching way of life
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