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Ham on Rye Characters & Character Analysis

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Characters

Henry Chinaski

The main character of the book, who tells his story in first person. Henry is brought up by his parents who think they are better than the neighbors. They long for a wealthy lifestyle but are poor themselves. Henry spends most of his time with only his parents for company because his father doesn't want him to associate with other children. Henry's desire for friendship overcomes that and he does begin to be accepted by the boys of the neighborhood, sometimes joining in the various street games or ball games held in vacant lots. As he grows up, he becomes obsessed with sex as is typical of many young boys. He learns what he can from the other boys and his relationship with his father is rocky at best. From an early age, Henry is berated by his father. When Henry brings home a note from school...

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This section contains 1,361 words
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Ham on Rye from BookRags and Gale's For Students Series. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
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