His biggest challenge will be controlling his anger. It will be hard thinking about what he did to peter and anyone else.
Cole's biggest challenge moving forward is telling the truth and taking responsibility for his actions. "His life had become filled with lies...Never had he been so strong enough to simply tell the truth" (Mikaelsen 111). Cole has never been able to tell the truth and have people believe him, so he would always have to prove himself. Cole now has to tell the truth and trust that people will believe him.
Cole's biggest problem as part one ends is that no one believes him. Cole says,"Why can't you just believe me when i say i'm sorry and won't ever hurt anybody again?"(Mikaelsen 55). After that, Peters lawyer started to talk and says,"All your life you've lied, manipulated people and tried to avoid consequences"(Mikaelsen 55).
I would say learning to control his anger will be his biggest challenge. Cole has been angry all his life, so this will be a difficult change for him to accommodate to. The narrator states, "Already he had seen the inside of a dozen police stations, been through as many counselors, a psychologist, several detention centers, and two residential treatment centers" (Mikaelsen 6). This shows that Cole has had issues with uncontrollable anger, and it will take him a while to learn to control it.
I think that Cole's biggest challenge is going to be people believing him. On page 112 the narrator states,"Beginning today, he would tell the truth"(Mikaelsen 112). Cole has only told lies and never the truth so i wonder how this is going to work out for him.
One of the biggest challenge moving forward for Cole will be his memory of the Spirit Bear. Edwin said, "Anger was a memory never forgotten...But the Spirit Bear was a memory that would never disappear from his mind or heart" (Mikaelsen 112). This shows that it will be very hard for Cole to move forward from this situation because it will always be in his memory.
Cole is going to have a hard time retracing what he's done in life. For example, he's done so many risky things such as beating up kids like Peter, and robbing a hardware store. #backontrack
Cole's biggest problem he faces is that he feels that nobody truly cares about him. The biggest indicator is the nightmare he has in Chapter 13 and the aftermath thereof.
Cole's biggest challenge moving forward with his life is trying to get people to forgive him and understand him. His parents act like they don't care about him and Peter is obviously upset with him because of the fight. Cole also believes that Edwin and Garvey don't understand him and what he has been through.
In the book we see Cole moving on and taking responsibility for his past actions, but we do see some conflict with himself in his dreams. when Cole finally fell asleep he had a nightmare that sounded pretty familiar with his issues in the beginning of the book. The narrator says, "You're nothing! You're a baby-faced con!"(Mikaelson 106). I find this part interesting, because this dream sounds exactly like what he had to deal with in the past about no one supporting or helping him.
Cole's biggest challenge will be keeping his cool, and respecting others, his whole life he's been the opposite, so this change will be a tough one for Cole.
I would say that Cole's biggest challenge would be getting Peter to forgive him.
I think that Cole's biggest challenge is changing his attitude such as controlling his anger and to stop doing rude and mean things to people. I also think that it will be a little hard for him to learn how to start respecting people even more.
I believe that Cole biggest challenge moving forward with his life is trying to get along with everyone and potentially becoming a better person from learning from his mistakes. Opening up to his parents is going to be hard because on page 9 of "Touching Spirit Bear" Cole says "I never want to see your ugly faces again" and this shows us how Cole truly feels towards his family and people that don't care for him.
Cole's biggest challenge moving forward in his life is getting the Justice Committee to believe that he is changing. In chapter 12, Cole encounters the Spirit Bear once more. The bear stands right on top of him and Cole shows something different that usual.'' Instinctively, Cole gathered what little spit he could in his mouth. When the meager fluid bathed his tongue, he stopped,paused, then swallowed''(Mikaelsen 95) This shows that starts to trust the bear, and might be able to trust other humans as well. The narrator also says,''From now on he would speak the truth, even if it meant going to jail''(Mikaelsen 111). This shows that Cole is only going to tell the truth for now on. The only thing Cole has to do is make the Committee believe him.