Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Major Character Analysis

Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Major Character Analysis

Jacob Portman

The main character and narrator of the story, Jacob, evolves throughout the novel. In the early chapters, readers witness his struggle with his grandfather’s stories. With his age (16 years old), Jacob represents the novel’s coming of age story—his ultimate goal is to understand the man who so shaped his life and what role he plays in the continuation of the story. Jacob’s participation in faith-based activities (believing in his grandfather, putting trust in the peculiar children, following Worm and Dylan to the house of excrement) signify an innocence that is soon replaced when he becomes the leader of the peculiar children’s attempt to rescue Miss Peregrine. Jacob’s evolution is important to the overall story because he is the narrator; it is his voice behind the plot of the novel. Without his evolution, the story would not progress. 

Abraham Portman 

Abraham is the most important character, despite being the least present character in the novel. His passing in chapter 1 drives the story’s plot, pushing it forward by creating chaos for Jacob. Without Abraham’s discussion of the children’s house, Miss Peregrine, and the photographs, Jacob would not have had the same journey. He would have been affected by the sight of the tentacle-mouthed monster in a more extreme way (instead of questioning if the stories were true or not, he would have felt entirely mad). Had Abraham not left the safety of the loop, Jacob would not have been born, and thus, the story at present would not occur. Abraham represents both a motivation for Jacob and a driving force behind the plot.

Franklin Portman 

Franklin is more than just the person who accompanies Jacob to Cairnholm. He represents the opposite reaction to Abraham’s stories—someone who used to be interested but then feared what he might find because of the suspicions surrounding Abraham. Franklin’s fear, rather than courage, is the contrast to Abraham’s courage and represents the choice Jacob must make to follow the story without fear or to run from the story with a lack of courage. Jacob’s struggle between these two extremes pervades the entire story and marks the importance…

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