The characterization of Jonathan Coe’s novel “The Rotters’ Club” is rather complicated, as Coe swaps between the different characters’ minds in an elegant, yet confusing way.
Using a third person limited point of view, the author allows us an insight in the thoughts and feelings of several different characters, including the thoughts and feelings of the protagonist of this story, Benjamin Trotter.
We also get to know his sister Lois Trotter and the love of his life: Cicely Boyd.
I will in this essay make an attempt to describe these three British teenagers, focusing on the relationship between them.
We get to know Benjamin Trotter, Lois Trotter and Cicely Boyd through indirect characterization, meaning the author shows us their rather interesting personalities through their actions, the things they say, their thoughts and their feelings.
Benjamin Trotter, the protagonist of this book, is somehow always at the centre of action throughout the whole book, even when the author describes the lives of his friends and family.
We meet him in the very beginning of the book , and get an instant first impression of him as an organized and calm guy who chooses to concentrate on school and probably also does really well in school.
Benjamin may be described as a rather shy and silent boy who dislikes being at the centre of attention and who rarely opens up and talks about his thoughts and feelings.
There are several good examples of this in the book, one of which is located at page 311 in a letter written by Emily.
She describes how amazed she is by the fact Benjamin actually opened up and talked to her about the death of Malcolm, his sister’s boyfriend.
The fact Emily is this amazed shows the reader that trusting someone with his feelings truly is something Benjamin rarely does.
Also the fact that Emily writes that most people really wouldn’t know that Benjamin was upset about his sister’s mental problems shows that he doesn’t talk much about his feelings.
There is an example showing that Benjamin doesn’t like being at the centre of attention and that he is a rather shy boy at page 63-64 in the “Spring” part of this book.