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In many works of literature, a character is changed due to certain events and realizations in their life. A dynamic character is one who, in literature or drama, undergoes a permanent change in the course of the plot. Tom Benecke a character in Jack Finney’s “Contents of a Dead Man’s Pockets”, is an example of a dynamic character. His personality in the beginning of the story differs his personality in the end; in fact it’s the complete opposite. Tom Benecke realizes that work isn’t everything in life, and that happiness is the root to success. Tom Bececke, a work-a-holic, chooses to stay home and finish his project for work rather than going out with his wife to watch a movie that both Tom and his wife want to watch. “I got to get this done” says Tom to his wife. “You work too much, though, Tom-and too hard” says Clare, to Tom who’s paying no attention. Tom is determined to get his project done fast so his boss can look over it over the weekend, and hopefully get a “promotion” very soon. “You won’t mind though, will you, when the money comes rolling in and I’m known as the boy wizard of wholesale”. This shows his greediness for money and how he wants to be popular at work. He abandons his wife for work even though Tom really wants to go. “It was not actually true that he had to work tonight though he really wanted to”. After Clare left to the movies, Tom, thinking that he’s going to get his project done tonight, looks over to the window to find out that his valuable project had flew out the narrow opening of the window. He rushed to the window and “he heaved on the window with all his strength and it shot open with a bang, the window weight rattling in the casing”; this shows how much his project means to him. Tom had opened the window within seconds; when on regular days he can’t even get it open slightly. Tom Benecke’s personality changes by the end of the story. He regrets not going to the movies with his wife, “smelling the perfume she had used he was tempted to go with her”. After Clare left to the movies, his project flew out the window of his eleventh story apartment, and he decided to go after it, thinking that it will take too long to redo. He’s frightened and scared. “His legs were cramped and muscles tightened, because he made a dangerous move to get his paper”. As he was stuck out on the ledge eleven stories high, his window slammed shut and wouldn’t open. “He had a sudden mental picture of his apartment on just the other side of the wall, warm, cheerful, incredibly spacious”, this is showing that Tom realizes that he is grateful of what he has and is happy and would do anything for his “small” apartment. Tom knew he made a mistake while he was stuck on the ledge of his window, “he wished, then, that he had not allowed his wife to go off by herself tonight - and on similar nights he had regretted working”. Tom came to his senses and as soon as he got in his apartment “he got his coat and hat and left to go find his wife”. Everyone’s personalities changes for better or worse. It all depends on the series of events that the character has been through. In this case, Tom Benecke changes for the better, he cares about his wife more than his work now. In life everyone changes and they realize what their personality was like before and after their change.

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