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The Tin Drum Characters & Character Analysis

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Characters

Oskar Matzerath

The protagonist of the novel, Oskar is the only fully realized character. Many aspects of Oskar's personality seem mythical, in both the tradition of German folklore, and the more modern conventions of magical realism. Oskar is the rare individual who is perfectly rational and cognizant from the moment of his birth. He instantly perceives that all human existence is as futile as a moth's search for the flame.

Oskar's most defining characteristic is his ability to drum. After receiving the tin drum for his third birthday, he continues to wear out a drum every 2-6 weeks for the remainder of his life. Oskar drums to distance himself from adults, and for companionship. He is, at least in his own mind, a fabulously talented drummer. Oskar's drum gives him power over others, even the power to disrupt Nazi political rallies.

Once he receives the drum, Oskar chooses to...

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