Not Scared

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“Papa is the bogeyman. ” Is Pino Amitrano an evil man? In the novel I’m Not Scared, Pino Amitrano is portrayed as the villain who committed a heinous crime and betrayed his son. Pino was a man of principles and integrity who loved his family whole heartedly, yet somehow he was overcome by greed and fear which prompted him to do malicious acts which made him evil man. Through various events that took place in the novel, Niccolo Amanniti showed how he descended into darkness enabling him to commit an evil sin of kidnapping Filippo and later ttempting to kill him.

At the beginning, Pino was described by Niccolo Amanniti as a short but strong man who cared deeply for his family but this was later proven otherwise as the novel progressed. He was shown to have high family values as he treasures the times he has with his family. His loving side was shown through acts of giving and humour as he bought gifts for his children and Joked with his family. He bought Marie a new pair of glasses and a “gondola” for Michele.

He took back his role as the head of the ouse whole when he told Teresa not to worry about fetching the water and that he would go instead of the kids. “… l need to get something from the van anyways… ” He all showed his fathering side when he played “soldier’s draw’ to settle a little argument between Marie and Michele. Through these little gestures of affection, it does not seem like his is an evil man, however this was proven otherwise when he ignored Michele’s explanation as to why he was late.

He had totally shut Michele off and told him to “get out”. His anger was the first sign of his capability for evil. He used vulgar words towards Michele “… what have you been rolling in… you smell like shit… ” which further enforced his capability to inflict evil upon others in particular Filippo and Michele. As the novel progressed further, Pino’s capacity to inflict evil up on other become clearer when Michele found Filippo and made the connection of this discovery with his father.

The condition that Filippo was in is further proof that Pino is an evil man. Filippds skin was “… caked with mud… eyelids were sealed with blood… lips were dark and split… All his teeth had gone black. ” Pino and the adults of Acqua Traverse treated Filippo like an animal and an item of trade. They did not give Filippo enough food, starving the boy in a dirty whole. They fed him scraps from home, for example the meat that Marie did not want to eat. They gave him Just enough food to sustain his life long enough to complete their transaction.

Pino further showed his capacity or evil when he confronted his son and blackmailed him into not visiting Filippo again. “… swear that you will not go back there… swear on your fathers head… if you go back…. these people will kill him and it will be your fault” It was harsh of Pino to endowed such a heavy weight upon a nine year old child’s shoulder. Apart from this, Pino also tried to buy Michele’s silence buy purchasing a new red bike for him. Pino’s naive thinking destroyed Michele’s innocence. He has mentally and physically

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