The Violent Bear It Away Characters

This Study Guide consists of approximately 51 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of The Violent Bear It Away.
This section contains 2,017 words
(approx. 6 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy The Violent Bear It Away Study Guide

Bernice Bishop

Referred to by Mason Tarwater and his great-nephew Francis Marion Tarwater as "the welfare woman," Bernice Bishop is mother to the mentally disabled boy, Bishop, and she is ex-wife to George Rayber. Bernice Bishop appears only in the past, in the novel's many flashbacks. It is learned in one of these flashbacks that Rayber attempted to "rescue" the young Tarwater from his uncle, that his wife accompanied him, and that she was repulsed by the boy's expressionless response to his great-uncle's violence; she declared that she could not live with him. Although Bernice is trained as a social worker, Bernice Bishop left Rayber after the birth of their "dim-witted" son in part because the son reminded her of her husband's uncle, Mason Tarwater. Rayber also recalls that Bernice has returned only once in the past two years, and only to ask that her son be institutionalized.

Lucette Carmody

(read more from the Characters section)

This section contains 2,017 words
(approx. 6 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy The Violent Bear It Away Study Guide
Copyrights
Novels for Students
The Violent Bear It Away from Novels for Students. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.