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Name: Lydia Florez ID Number: 1022820.01
Character Sketch on Giant
In the novel Giant by Edna Ferber, Leslie Lynnton, a young socialite and Virginia girl
falls in love with Bick Benedict, a Texan man, after they meet in her home. Shortly after their
encounter, they marry and agree to make a home at the Benedict Reata Ranch in Texas. As the
story advances, Leslie accepts the challenges of becoming a Texan woman. Leslie and Bick often
argue over Leslie’s mindset and her desire to be more than a typical Texan woman. Her
continuous denial to keep a distance from the Mexicans and her disagreements with her husband
create some marital tension, but they are still able to maintain a successful marriage in spite of
their issues. Together they raise two children and learn to accept their children’s desires instead
of their own. Throughout the story, Leslie proves to Texas her traits of bravery, respectfulness,
Throughout the novel, Leslie is forced to make tough decisions, but she never loses her
quality of bravery. Her first act of bravery is when she leaves her home, and moves to Texas with
her husband. This is brave of her because she is introduced to the struggles in Texas such as
sexism and racism, struggles she did not face in Virginia. Another example of Leslie’s bravery is
when she engages with the men in political affairs. This is courageous of Leslie because the
women in Texas were known to never acquire knowledge in politics. Finally, her last act of
bravery occurs later in the story when she sends the Benedict family doctor to help a sick
Mexican child. This is a brave act because her husband is not fond of acts of kindness towards
Mexicans and thus creates tension between the two. Regardless of any disproval from her
husband, Leslie exhibits her feature of bravery endlessly in the Benedict home.
In the story, Leslie’s ability to respect others is quickly recognized. In the...
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