Craig Gilner Character Analysis

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A hero is someone who can show courage when faced with a problem. Someone who is able to help others in various ways and someone who makes a profound impact on anothers life. A hero is somebody that we can look up to for guidance. In the novel, It’s Kind of a Funny Story, we follow Craig Gilner on his journey to becoming a hero with the guidance from his psychiatrist, from discovering true happiness and when he demonstrates an act of kindness to his fellow inmate. In the novel, It’s Kind of a Funny Story, by Ned Vizzini, Craig Gilner goes on a journey which shapes him into a heroic figure. With the help of his psychiatrist, Dr. Minvera, he finds an outlet for his depression by falling in love with Noelle and he displays kindness to a fellow…show more content…
Noelle is another patients in the mental hospital. At first, Noelle admires Craig from a far, but eventually befriends him and their relationship grows from there. Being with Noelle, Craig is able to get rid of al his worries and find true happiness. In finding true happiness he is able to develop sympathy for others and realizes that there are other people with much larger problems than his own. With this realization Craig is able to put others before himself and help them out, “‘Noelle, when I’m with you, I feel as if I can do so much more with me life. You make me so very happy,’” (208). Craig lets Noelle know how he feels about her. Noelle inspires Craig to be open minded and understanding, and also teaches him what love feels like which are true characteristics of a hero. In the novel, It’s Kind of a Funny Story, by Ned Vizzini, Craig Gilner demonstrates heroism with the help of his psychiatrist, through finding true happiness in himself with Noelle and through demonstrating kindness to his fellow inmate which leads to his inmates success. This proves that a hero does not always have to have super or magical powers. A hero is someone who makes a great impact on someone's life. Someone who does something to benefit society. Craig Gilner is a very good example of one of those everyday
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