Suttree Characters

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Cornelius Suttree

Suttree is a man probably in his early thirties, who cannot live a life prescribed by society. He has abandoned his family and returned to the city of his childhood, choosing a life of vagrancy and drunkenness. He is probably not as self-destructive as he seems, but is more in desperate search for his true values and what is important.

He has grown up privileged in a family that was no less dysfunctional than any other, in spite of the money. His mother came from humble beginnings and he feels his father has always judged her and all of her relations. However, he sits in judgment of his father, questioning the right of aristocrats to live the way they do. He was raised in a Catholic environment where he saw hypocrisy and lunacy. Although he questions and berates that influence, it continues to have a powerful effect...

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