When the Tripods Came Characters

John Christopher
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Laurie (Laurence)

Laurie is the book's central character, its narrator and protagonist. As suggested in "Preface and Chapter 1, Analysis"), several aspects of Laurie's character and identity can at first appear contradictory, specifically his simultaneous loyalty to and resentment of Andy and his father. Ultimately, though, these apparent contradictions entwine to create the sense that Laurie is in fact complex, experiencing what might be described as the normal unpredictable emotions of the middle adolescent he is.

The main point to note about Laurie, however, is his journey of transformation over the course of the novel. In the beginning, he is in many ways reactive—for example, following Andy's guidance during the orienteering session that ends up getting them lost and forcing them into an uncomfortable, and ultimately dangerous, sleeping arrangement. His reactivity also manifests in his relationship with Pa, in which he (Laurie) spends more time and energy reacting...

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