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Characteristics of Maggie and Don in the Rainbow Bird

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Introduction

Characteristics of Maggie and Don in the Rainbow Bird Maggie is a nature-lover & fascinated by nature. Instead of paying attention in class, Maggie's mind "had been filled with a vision of the bird." This clearly shows that she is so enthralled by the rainbow bird that she cannot concentrate in class. From what her mother said, "It's a bird now", I can infer that she may have other interests before. In school, she carried "beetles' wings and cowries" about in her desk "to stare at" and this shows that she is a person who loves nature. Her love for nature is also evident in the way she reacts when she finds out that the Honey Man killed the rainbow bird and its family. ...read more.

Middle

This clearly shows that Maggie holds a grudge against the Honey Man and is revengeful. Maggie immediately questioned the Honey Man, "What're you doing with that gun?" This shows that Maggie is very straightforward and rude because she did not greet the Honey Man when she saw him. Immediately after school, Maggie "raced down" constantly urging Don to hurry up. This shows that she is anxious to meet the rainbow bird and impatient. She told Don to "chuck" the bird away and Don "obeyed" her. Maggie was able to make Don listen to her and able to control Don. Maggie could identify that it was Cafferty the Honey Man who was the "big, dark figure" on the slope. ...read more.

Conclusion

He was not on his sister's side and wanted to kill the rainbow birds for money. This shows that Don is greedy. Don "obeyed" his sister and "chuck" the rainbow bird away. Don wanted to " feel if there were any little ones" in the nest without considering that the mother bird would go away. He did not know that there was someone near the nest and was about to go on but Maggie stopped him. This clearly shows that he is rash, and do things without thinking. Even though the rainbow is dead, Don "pretended he did not care" and did not console his sister. He did not feel sad when the rainbow bird is dead. This shows that he is unfeeling and cruel. ...read more.

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