The story “Greyhound Tragedy” by Richard Brautigan includes only unnamed characters: the girl, the girl’s parents, the Ford salesman, the bus station salesman, and the elderly couple. The fact that none of the characters is named suggests that the story is meant to illustrate typologies and to imply that the events presented could happen to anyone. The most important characters in the story are the girl and her parents, whom we will analyze …


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The girl

The girl is the female protagonist of the short story. According to her outer characterization, at the time of the events she is three years out of high school so is probably around 20 years old. She lives in Oregon and she is the daughter of a store manager which implies that she belongs to the middle-class of the 1930s.

Inner characterization

The girl’s inner characterization is conveyed by following her thoughts and perspective and through her actions.

From the beginning of the story, we find out that she has a dramatic view on life and that she dreams of becoming a movie star: “She wanted …


The parents

We will analyze the protagonist’s parents together because they share some common traits and they are typological in terms of mentality.

The parents’ outer characterization tells us that the “father was the manager of the local Penney's and financially compassionate to his family.” This implies that they were part of the small-town middle-class and that the father was the only one who sup…

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