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American Short Story Masterpieces Character Descriptions

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Character Descriptions

This section provides a short description of all the major characters in the book. This can be printed out as a study guide for students, used as a "key" for leading a class discussion, or you can jump to the quiz/homework section to find worksheets that incorporate these descriptions into a variety of question formats.


Sonny's Brotherappears in Sonny's Blues - This character was assimilated into white culture early on and tries to combat racism and poverty through education.

Sonnyappears in Sonny's Blues - This character has a troubled past and ends up in prison for dealing heroin before struggling to live a clean life while continuing to play music.

Lenoreappears in Weekend - This character is a quiet, easy-going housewife with two children and a partner who is an unfaithful, alcoholic ex-professor.

Arty Lisleappears in The Bystander - This character's father has a mental breakdown...

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