Artemis was the closest thing Butler had to a friend, and
Butler was the closest Artemis had to a father, albeit one who obeyed orders.
A lot of Artemis's
personality obviously comes from his father and his disappearance, but considering
that Butler's been around Artemis his whole life, it seems like Butler's
probably influenced him too.
People said he was a chip off the old block. They were wrong.
Master Artemis was a brand new block, the likes of which had never been seen
What's interesting here
is that Butler is the only one who could actually say this and we would believe
him. He's the only one in the story who knows exactly what Artemis Fowl Jr. and
Sr. are/were like.
Artemis stepped into the shadowy folds of his mother's robe.
She smelled perfumed, like petals in water. But her arms were cold and weak.
Watch for the
reappearance of the perfume later in the story when his mother's madness is
cured. Scents are a big part of how animals recognize family, and it's a
curiously primal detail to have Artemis so focused on his mother's perfume,
like it's the only stable thing about her.
The Fowls were not left destitute, far from it. But
billionaire status was no longer theirs. Artemis the Second vowed to […]
restore the family fortune. (2.73)
Here's a pretty giant
question: why? They don't need it, and he doesn't ever seem to care much about
the logistics of converting gold into cash, so maybe the whole family fortune
thing is simply because Artemis feels obligated to share in the family legacy
in some way.
The CNN site had been running for almost a year. Artemis was
convinced that news of his father's rescue would come from there. Shutting it
down meant that he was finally letting go. (2.79)
Is a new project all it
took for Artemis to let go? What is it about exploiting the People that makes
Artemis choose to stop the search for his father?
Beside her was a facsimile of his father, constructed from the
morning suit he'd worn […]. The clothes were padded with tissue, and atop the
dress shirt was a stuffed pillowcase with lipstick features. It was almost
Almost funny, except
far too creepy to be funny.
"Shut up about Mommy, will you? And the ironing. You're
only on this mission because I requested you!" (6.225)
Grubb's not a super
duper awesome officer, and the only reason to request him is that Trouble feels
responsible for helping his career along. Unfortunately, just because he's
family doesn't mean he's prepared for combat, and putting family first can
sometimes really mean holding them back.
It was possibly the first time he had ever abandoned Master
Artemis in a time of crisis. But Juliet was family, and there was obviously
something seriously wrong with his baby sister. (8.205)
Butler may be a
surrogate father to Artemis, but this book claims that the blood relationship
trumps everything—it keeps Butler from protecting Artemis and makes Artemis
give up half the gold in exchange for his mother's sanity.
Juliet was alive, it was true. […] Every brain cell in his
head screamed for him to pull the trigger. But Juliet was alive. (8.338)
Deep down at the core
of family loyalty (especially in Butler) is a survival instinct that says that
keeping your family alive is the most important thing. So why does Artemis so
easily stop the search for his father?
Artemis stepped into his mother's embrace. It was warm and
strong. She was wearing perfume. He felt like the boy he was. (9.397)
Artemis doesn't appear
to be a kid until he has a mother again, because family is a huge part of what
makes us who we are—and it's hard to be a kid without any adults around to