Similarities and Differences of Leslie and Jess in "Bridge to Terabithia" This research paper will describe the similarities and differences of character in Jess and Leslie in the children’s novel in Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson. The similar desire to escape the realities of being neglected children is a part of the reason that Leslie and Jess create Terabithia as a fantasy world. However, Leslie is a tomboy with a rougher and more adventurous side to her that contrasts Jess’s more timid and introverted artistic behaviors. In essence, the similarities of and differences of Leslie and jess define how two neglected children find a way to build an imaginary kingdom in order escape the cruel world in which they live. The...The end:
.....een analyzed in this study of Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson. By describing the background of familial neglect that Leslie and Jess both possess, they are both very similar in their ability to imagine Terabithia as a way for them to escape reality. However, Jess is far more timid in the way that he expresses himself as a sensitive artists; just as Leslie is a rough and tumble tomboy that likes adventure and more outward expressions of aggression in their friendship. In this way, these two characters provide similar, yet differing ways of interacting in this novel and a childhood fantasy world brought forth in this novel by Katherine Paterson. Works Cited: Paterson, Katherine. Bridge to Terabithia. New York: Harper Collins, 1987.