Cole is controlling his own life by always wanting to be in control for everything he can. until he gets to the island and gets beat by the bear.
After being mauled by the bear, Cole feels he has no way to control anything. He quickly regained control though by making one simple decision. The author states, "Suddenly, in that moment, Cole made a simple decision. He wanted to live"(Mikaelson 83). This decision is the only reason he survived long enough for Garvey to find him.
Cole is controlling his own story by trying to manipulate everyone at the circle. Cole sniffled and rubbed his nose for effect even though he didnt care.
After Cole touched the bear not only did his thoughts change but so did his anger. The narrator said, " Smiling, Cole rested his head on the stretcher" ( Mikaelson112). The narrator didn't have Cole smiling a lot in the story so this was a special time.
Cole in the beginning of the story Cole didn't want anyone to help him, love him, and control him. After Cole got attacked by the bear he didn't want to die. Cole says, "I'm not afraid of anything"(Mikaelsen29).
After the bear attack, the narrator said, "He wanted to live"(Mikaelsen83). This shows that Cole is afraid of death and he does want to live his life.
He used to control his life story by trying to be on top, he manipulates others, or straight up hurts them to get what he wants. "Cole cornered Peter outside in the parking lot. With anger that had been brewing all day, he attacked him," (7 Ben Mikaleson) He now later on after being mauled by a bear, learns that anger and manipulation isn't always the way of getting what you want.
Cole stated at the end of section one that he doesn't need proof to tell the truth. The narrator said, "his words would become is only proof" (Mikaelson 112). This quote explains how being on the island has changed his thoughts.
Cole controls his story by how and what he wants to do. The narrator says," He flung the spear with all his strength, fully intending to kill"(Mikaelsen65).this shows how he is controlling his story by killing the bear he is proving to everyone that he is tough.
Cole controls his own story by doing things that get him hurt. For example, in chapter 8, Cole throws a spear at a bear who did nothing to him. Because of this, the bear mauls him. The narrator states, "Cole never had a chance to raise his knife before the bear was on him" (Mikaelsen 65).
Cole controls his life by deciding how he wants to react to situations. He can choose to be upset and mad about something, or he can let things go. In chapter 15, Cole is beginning to go through his jail sentencing. The author wrote, "He found himself growing stronger, and he found that when he had angry thoughts, he could exercise himself into a sweaty frenzy until pain from his joints drove away the his thoughts and left him spent" (Mikaelsen 131).
Cole is controlling his story by making decisions all by himself. Like in the begging of chapter 8 when Cole first meets the bear and is ten feet within he does not hesitate to attack it even though it would damage him more in the future. (He flung the spear with all his strength, fully intending to kill." (Mikaelsen 65)
In the beginning Cole controls and manipulates the situation especially in the circle justice. In one conversation Cole's father and Cole get in an uprising conversation and Cole's father yelled, " You control your mouth, son, or I'll-" (Mikaelsen 47). After the non-stop conversation Cole tries to control the situation and calms down and says to his mother, '' Mom, tell them how Dad beats on me when he's drunk"(Mikaelsen 48). These quotes show Cole is trying to get everyone in the circle to believe him.
In the beginning of chapter 15, Cole admits that he was mad on the island and that he lost control of himself. This to me shows that he now
takes blame for his actions and doesn't blame them on other people like he did with the bear attack. Cole blamed the bear for not running away, and Peter for not fighting good.
Cole is doing better in controlling his life. Edwin says, "Maybe people don't change overnight, but i do believe they change direction overnight"(Mikaelsen 128). This proves that Cole is going in a different direction, and controlling his life better.
All the choices Cole makes will affect him later on in the story. He chooses what happens based on his decisions. During the Circle Justice meeting the narrator said, "He liked the reactions he saw. People heard what they wanted to hear. Tonight the group wanted to believe he was sorry--he could see it in their eyes," (Mikaelsen 40). Cole manipulates people to get what he wants. He chose to trick the group which added on to his life story.