The hottest summer of the twentieth century. A tiny community of five houses in the middle of rural Italy. When the adults are sheltering indoors, six children venture out on their bikes across the scorched, deserted countryside. While exploring a dilapidated and uninhabited farmhouse, nine-year-old Michele Amitrano discovers a secret so momentous, so terrible, that he dare not tell anyone about it.
Throughout the novel, Ammaniti parallels the childhood and the adult worlds to focus on the nature of evil and the possibility of goodness. Neither worlds, he suggests, are innocent. Ammaniti suggests that when both worlds forfeit an intuitive capacity for moral kindness and compassion, all members of the group suffer.
Without a moral beacon, and without the barriers of conscience, people become capable of untold violence and cruelty against each other. In such a world, a father is capable of killing his son — perhaps with or without his knowledge. As a nine-year-old child, Michele champions all that is idyllic about childhood; the love and the innocence, the friendship and the fun.
He cares for his sister and is protective and spontaneously sympathetic towards Filippo. In fact, it is his strong sense of duty and loyalty that embroils him in a terrible dilemma.
This foreshadows his eventual challenge to his father and predicts his courage. Michele is not one to readily submit to the unjust authority of others. He is cruel and viciously humiliates Barbara because of a sense of power over others.
He is sadistic, thuggish, violent and threatens others through the use of violence and exclusion. Barbara tries to be resilient, and clings to her pride and dignity. She refuses to cry when he slaps her face for not getting his own way. Ammaniti suggests that if someone does not protect the humanity of others, and their right to dignity and freedom, then the world will degenerate into savagery.
Seeing the body move, Michele becomes increasingly anxious. This is evident through the biblical imagery. Evidently, Michele is traumatized by the body that moved and he is unable to ascertain whether he is dead or alive, and what he should think or feel.
His fears soon takeover, because he is unable to follow a dictate that undermines his conscience. Over time, Michele befriends and nurtures the boy. Ironically, despite his fears he tries to show that he is not scared. He tries to show the strength and conviction that lead to the discovery in the first place, when he defies Skull in order to protect Barbara from humiliation.
Stalking him in his sleep and on his trips to the mountain, he feels paranoid.
Although we all experience fears and difficulties growing up, Ammaniti suggests that often our fears or the way we cope with our fears define us as people. The way we respond to our fears will have lasting consequences. Some withdraw, some become anxious and some become constantly fearful.
For those of us who can stand their ground, confront their demons and learn to conquer their fear, there is a chance to develop strength and resilience. However, what if the demons are simply overwhelming?
What if there is no easy resolution or no easy course of action?
Michele suspects that the saucepan and apple belonged to Papa. In this regard, the author subverts the purpose of the fairytale as a cautionary tale — in this story there is no happy ending. IN this case, there is no happy ending and the monsters are not so easily defeated. At first sight of Sergio, Michele senses that this man is pure evil.
As Michele lay in bed, he instantly lost concentration when Sergio walked in the room. Ammaniti depicts an adult world that represents unbelievable cruelty against mankind. The fathers exploit and humiliate a small innocent boy because of their own desire for revenge.
Filippo is kept in a very cruel condition. He is covered in his own bodily waste. He is starving; they threaten to cut off his ear. In this regard, Felice is more cruel and coercive than Skull.Ammaniti’s novel I’m Not Scared set in Acqua Traverse, Italy is a powerful text, which explores relevant social themes and issues.
Besides being a tale of adult cruelty and lost innocence we cannot ignore the role in which loyalty and betrayal play in the novel. Read "I'm Not Scared" by Niccolò Ammaniti with Rakuten Kobo.
One relentlessly hot summer, six children explore the scorched wheat fields that enclose their tiny Italian village.
Whe. Niccol Ammaniti was born in Rome in He has written two collections of short stories and six novels, four of which have been translated into English.
He was the youngest ever winner of the Italian Viareggio Literary Prize for Fiction for his best-selling novel I'm Not Scared, which has been translated into thirty-five languages. An enthralling thriller, I'm Not Scared is also a devastatingly authentic portrayal of childhood and the tension when it must join the adult world.
Read more Read less © Niccolò Ammaniti, Reviews: Example essay topics 1. The novel I’m Not Scared shows how times of hardship expose people with close reference to the text. 2. “Papa is the bogeyman.” Is Pino Amitrano an evil man?
Discuss. 3. I’m Not Scared is both the title of Niccolo Ammaniti’s novel and a phrase Michele actions to free Filipo are not driven by fear for.
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