Character portrayal of Will Freeman
Will Freeman is 36 years old and lives in a modern flat with everything you can imagine. He doesn’t have to worry about his live and about money because his father bequeaths him the rights of the song “Santa’s Super Sleigh”.
Sometimes he searches for a job or volunteers for a charitable society, but he never appears there. He divides his day into units that are filled with going to the barber, take a bath or watching television. He is the complete opposite of Marcus Brewer, Will wears trendy clothes, listens to the latest music like Nirvana or Snoop Doggy Dog and behaves more like a child that doesn’t know what to do with his life aside from doing nearly nothing or sleeping with women he doesn’t even know very well.
Will had no strong connection to his parents who died or to his stepbrother and his stepsister.
His life is marked by shallowness, he is not interested in other people’s feelings, but he realizes that. When his friends ask him to be the godfather of their child he refuses because he knows that his is incompetent.
When he meets Marcus his life takes a turn. Before that nothing touched him except his own welfare. His girlfriends were often changing and two times he invented a child to meet some women. Bit by bit the friendship of Marcus and Will develops throughout the novel. Will is the only person who recognizes the problems that strike Marcus and affect his life. They get to know each other more and more and try to help each other. Marcus tries to show Will how to understand other people’s problems while Will tries to turn Marcus into a cool 12-year-old boy.
Will makes Marcus to his son to appear more interesting to Rachel, a woman that catches Wills attention. At the end of the novel Will changed his whole life. He turns into a person who is interested in other people’s life and he starts to let people in his life.