Fear has brought its way into a little town called Aqua traverse, motivating them into cold blooded kidnappers. The role of fear appears in many of the villagers in particular Michele, Felice and Pino as they show numerous areas of fear throughout the novel I’m not scared. An innocent young boy Michele takes his fears on head first and motivates himself on with his comic book character Tiger Jack to try and free another innocent boy in Filippo.
Michele Amitrano is a 9 year old boy who is adventurous and has a conscience which is not very familiar for a boy his age. He has also embarked across a boy in a hole named Filippo, in his efforts of freeing Filippo he comes across imagining a lot of fear with monsters like ogres, witches and bogeymen. Michele shows he is very naïve when he attempts to free Filippo after he had swore on his fathers head he wouldn’t go back to see Filippo again.
Michele’s fears slowly turn realistic when he is trying to set himself straight and to set Filippo free from the rest of the villagers who have kidnapped him. The witches and ogres slowly come back to haunt him, which he then turns to a comic book character Tiger Jack to help him through his fear and motivate him to free Filippo even thou the likes of his father have told him not to go near Filippo again. Michele shows he is not very loyal and naïve to his family
Pino and Michele had a trust which was broken through the fear that the villagers would kill Filippo motivated Michele to find Filippo and set him free. Pino, Felice and the rest of the villagers have the fear that if they did not complete this ransom they would always be poor and live in the south of Italy in Aqua Traverse, Pino had told Michele the only reason he had done this was to head north away from the poverty and hardship of Aqua Traverse. Pino’s efforts of buying Michele a bike shows betrayal as he fears that Michele will go back and see Filippo.
Felice shows his fear slowly after at the start of the book he showed that he was the man and no one could break through him, but Sergio did during there argument Felice said “slit him open like a lamb, I will, no problem. I’m not scared. I’m a paratrooper”. Felice tries to stay strong and motivated but then wakes up and says to Sergio “I’m not doing it you bastard… I’m not doing time for you. Forget it”. Also showing here that Sergio is scared and doesn’t want to kill the boy as he is a old man who has already been in jail before and cannot afford to go back for more, showing his fear and manipulating Felice to say he will even thou he is afraid to.
The villagers have all shown there fear which lead them to there motivation and the reasons which lead them to kidnapping an innocent young 9 year old boy. Pino had to face all fears and had the job of killing the boy showing that Sergio the barber and Felice had more fear than anyone else there. But at the end another young boy who had battled all his fears to save Filippo gets shoot.