When analyzing the characters, you should consider the following. What is Franklin Caldwell’s internal conflict: his battle with his mental illness and/or his being forced to choose between his son, Graham, and his fire? What are Franklin’s flaws (i.e. his refusal to kill his fire with medication)? Does Graham have any flaws? Does Franklin have any strengths? In fact, is his fire the source of his strength (i.e. creativity)? What does Franklin’s door symbolize? Does Franklin have an epiphany, or does his denial over his psychological condition prevent him from having one? What is Franklin going to do after he leaves Graham? In other words, is Franklin doomed? Will he ever overcome his flaw(s)? Ultimately, how do these aspects of the character help create a larger point or message?