Disgrace Characters

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David is the protagonist of the novel and a dynamic character. He is 52-years-old, twice divorced and a womanizing scholar when the book begins. David has learned to reduce his need for sex and affection to a single 90-minute weekly session with a prostitute. Though an author of three books, David is uninspired in his profession and living like a robot. When his arrangement with the prostitute falls apart, David pursues a sexual relationship with one of his students, Melanie Isaacs. The age difference and Melanie’s lack of life experience lead to a scandal at the university, leading to David’s dismissal. He shows no remorse and does not grieve the job he has lost, demonstrating indifference toward everything in his life.

David’s temperament begins to change after he arrives at his daughter Lucy’s farm. At first, David is judgmental of the simple, country...

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