What makes Zachariah Martin a likeable protagonist?

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Zachariah as a character shows maturity from a mare teenager to a confident man who is ready to fight for the rights of veterans.

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I liked the fact that he was just a regular guy trying to live his life and really appreciated the fact that he remained faithful to his girlfriend rather than taking liberties with the other ladies who made themselves available to him. It showed real strength of character on his part.

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He really kept in touch with his girlfriend while overseas. Besides he is a favorite character with his motivation and friendship.

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What I liked about Martin is his ability to relate easily with other people. For instance, I liked the relationship between him and Eastman, and that kept me reading in anticipation for more.

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He is a good fellow to his buddies, deck apes don't like to mingle with snipes, but as he started friendship with a snipe, they become good friends.
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There are so many things which make Martin a likeable character. He is brave, loyal and he's got a sense of humour. Being a Blue water navy sailor at the age of 17 is something else.
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Zach is a brave character. I liked his relationship with Tally. Everyone will like to relate themselves with Zach's qualities.

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La Cabra wrote:
14 Nov 2019, 04:58
From what I've read of the sample of the book, I found Zach instantly likable. He's introduced as a sort of clueless seventeen-year-old trying to do his best in the big complex adult world around him. There's still a teenager in every adult, not many people can say they feel at the top of things even years after their teenage, and I think that aspect of Zach reaches out to the reader early on.
That's a great description of Zach, "clueless seventeen-year-old." I agree.

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The fact that his experience after the war affected him positively is what I like the most about him

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I liked that Zach did not mind to do hard labor on the ship. I also really commend him on his faithfulness to Tally. He really loved her and was chaste during the war even with many opportunities to cheat.

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What I admired most about Zach was his fundamental honesty, and I think that was the source of his many other good qualities -- friendly, brave, hard-working, etc. He accepted himself for what he was, and he accepted the world for what it was.

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It only shows that no one is young for Loving your country and serving it. That was Zachariah Martin. On the other hand, to relate it on the present life, young people should be studying, and maybe learning most valuable things that change the entire world for the Better if not for the best.

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I haven't read this book, so I can't speak to how this specific character was likeable for me. However, I generally would say that likeable protagonists show characteristics such as bravery, friendship, integrity, humility, good humor, and a charming personality. There are definitely others, but I'd say that these are at the top of my list. :tiphat:

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I like how he stood up for the Veterans. I never expected timid Zach would become such a roaring lion.

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cpru68 wrote:
12 Nov 2019, 16:26
Zach’s most admirable quality to me was he served no matter what got thrown at him. His job was heavy mentally and physically onboard, but he did everything as instructed. His faithfulness to his girlfriend back home was quite impressive too.
I also liked that he did whatever job was thrown at him without complaining and as good as he could. He didn't boast, and he always had his friends' backs.

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