Beartown

Zacharias Character Analysis

Along with Lifa, Zacharias, 15, is one of Amat’s best friends. Like them, he lives in the underprivileged Hollow of Beartown, and they have hung out together since they were children. Zach prefers video games to hockey and knows he’s unlikely to make the junior team next year. He is often bullied at school. He and Amat are briefly estranged after Amat joins the junior team. After they’re reconciled, Zach joins the new A-team and teaches children’s skating.

Zacharias Quotes in Beartown

The Beartown quotes below are all either spoken by Zacharias or refer to Zacharias. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Simon & Schuster edition of Beartown published in 2017.
Chapter 50 Quotes

None of them sees the first skate of the child who’s the last one out. She’s four years old, a scrawny little kid in gloves that are too big for her, with bruises everyone sees but nobody asks about. Her helmet slips down across her eyes, but the look in them is clear enough.

Adri and Sune come after her, ready to hold the girl up, until they realize that there’s no need. The four boys at the center circle will build a new A-team next season, but that doesn’t matter, because in ten years’ time it won’t be their names that make the people of this town stand taller.

And they’ll all lie and say they were here and saw it happen. The first skate of the girl who will become the most talented player this club has ever seen. They’ll all say they knew it even then.

Related Symbols: Bears, Cherry Blossoms
Page Number: 415
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Zacharias Character Timeline in Beartown

The timeline below shows where the character Zacharias appears in Beartown. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 7
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At the high school, Amat catches up with his best friends Lifa and Zacharias. They bonded from an early age over the fact that they’re not like everyone else.... (full context)
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Amat and Lifa try to calm Zacharias down. Lifa is resigned—he quit hockey when he was younger because he hated the locker-room... (full context)
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...the corridor, he forgets everything else. He greets Maya too loudly, and she disappears distractedly. Zacharias mocks him about the fact that he’s loved Maya since they were children. He’s right;... (full context)
Chapter 11
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Zacharias has performed the worst in the boys’ team practice, so Lars makes him collect the... (full context)
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David argues with Lars outside the locker room. After Lars leaves, Amat and Zach approach, and Amat is surprised when David speaks to him. David offers Amat some shooting... (full context)
Chapter 19
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...to celebrate. As the popular kids begin streaming toward the victory party, the unpopular ones—including Zacharias—are blatantly left behind. Zacharias is never sure if Amat forgets to invite him or just... (full context)
Chapter 25
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Amat finds Zacharias by the lockers and realizes he should have called his friend over the weekend. Zach... (full context)
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...touches us.” He invites Amat to sit with the team at lunch. Then Amat notices Zach heading for the exit. He asks why Zach is upset, since Bobo helped him. Zach... (full context)
Chapter 41
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...the school early that morning. Jeannette discovers acrid-smelling solvent on the floor and later sees Zacharias’s hands covered with ink. She realizes he snuck into the school overnight to scrub the... (full context)
Chapter 43
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...stares down the massive hockey player. Bobo stands by, feeling proud. Amat walks straight to Zacharias’s house. Zacharias lets him in, and they wordlessly start playing video games together, as if... (full context)
Chapter 44
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At Zacharias’s house, Amat gets a text. It’s from Maya, and it simply says, “Thanks.” He texts... (full context)
Chapter 45
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From Zacharias’s bedroom window, Amat sees his teammates congregating outside. He knows this is no longer about... (full context)
Chapter 50
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Later that year, four teenagers are teaching a kids’ skating class: Amat, Zacharias, Bobo, and Benji. Ten years from now, two of them will be professional hockey players,... (full context)