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Bridge To Terabithia May Belle Descriptive Essay

May Belle

Character Analysis

May Belle is the only one of Jess's siblings that he has real affection for or tolerates. In turn, she "worship[s him]" (1.8). She's as lonely as Jess is, and also requires a friend: "I need somebody to play with," she tells Jess early on (2.4). But while she often looks to Jess to provide that friendship, for most of the book he's just not that interested, seeing her as a little squirt and preferring to go to Terabithia with Leslie. (For more on how she affects his friendship dynamic with Leslie, see the section "Character Roles.")

After Leslie dies, May Belle is still there for Jess. No one listens to her when she says Jess wasn't in danger with Leslie, and she's the only one who worries about him being lonely, telling him, "I just wanted to find you, so you wouldn't be so lonesome" (13.35). When she tries to follow him into Terabithia and gets stuck on the makeshift, tree branch bridge – and really puts her life in jeopardy – saving her is something that brings Jess back to himself and helps him realize more important lessons Leslie taught him. May Belle shows Jess he's still loved and needed even after Leslie's gone, and makes him see he can still get to Terabithia. It seems like he makes a real, proper bridge across to Terabithia so that May Belle can go there with him too. In teaching her to see Terabithia for herself, he's reminding himself of how to see it as well.

In The Bridge to Terabithia, May Belle Aarons is the younger sister of the book's protagonist, Jesse Oliver Aarons. We learn in the first chapter that May Belle worships Jesse, which doesn't bother Jesse too much since his older two sisters despise him and his youngest sister is practically a baby and cries "if you looked at her cross-eyed." 

May Belle can sometimes be a nuisance since she is so frequently intervening in Jesse's...

In The Bridge to Terabithia, May Belle Aarons is the younger sister of the book's protagonist, Jesse Oliver Aarons. We learn in the first chapter that May Belle worships Jesse, which doesn't bother Jesse too much since his older two sisters despise him and his youngest sister is practically a baby and cries "if you looked at her cross-eyed." 

May Belle can sometimes be a nuisance since she is so frequently intervening in Jesse's life out of the desire to be around the brother she admires so much. She constantly tries to tag along with Jesse and Leslie, and if she is left out of their friendship and games, she turns to sulking. As Leslie and Jesse grow closer, May Belle mopes more frequently, and Jesse starts to feel that her wish to always be included is oppressive. Despite this, Jesse and Leslie both serve as protective forces for the girl. 

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