He’s a chimp not a monkey!

He’s a chimp not a monkey!

In Half Brother by Nneth Oppel the protagonist’s character is drastically altered throughout the story. Ben Tomlin starts off hating his new home in Victoria after he moves. However things get worse as his parents—Both scientists—bring home a baby chimpanzee so they can teach him how to speak with sign language. Ben is clearly shone that in the beginning he hates having a chimp around the house and as part of his family when he says, “We moved across the country for a stupid chimp?”(Oppel 15). But as the story progresses he starts enjoying having Zan—The chimp’s name—around. The real start to him enjoying Zan is when his parents take him to meet their boss Mr. Godwinson who is in on the project. After Ben introduces himself to Mr. Godwinson’s children a boy named David one year older than him and a girl named Jennifer who he takes a liking by talking about Zan and how his family want to teach him how to sign. Then when school starts he begins to like Zan more and really treat him as a family member. This is shown when he says, “I looked at him and I no longer thought chimp, I thought Zan”(Oppel 78). This is how our protagonist changed from hating his chimp brother to treating him like family.

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