Who are the main characters in "A Christmas Memory?"  

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pmiranda2857 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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In  A Christmas Memory, by Truman Capote, an autiobiographical account of an event in his childhood, features the 7 year old Buddy, who is the author and his elderly cousin, who he never names, but calls Friend in the story.

The story relates the events of an annual tradition of making fruitcakes with his cousin while he lived with his mother's family in Alabama in the 1930s during the Depression.

Buddy is the main character, Friend (Cousin), a dog, Queenie, a white and orange Rat Terrier. 

The other members of the household are not named. 

Buddy and Friend visit Mr. HaHa Jones to purchase whiskey to put in the fruitcakes.    


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litgeek2015 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

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The main characters in the story are Buddy and his "friend." Although they do encounter other characters, like their other family members and Haha Jones, none of those characters play a significant role in the story, nor do we know very much about them. Their stories are unimportant to the plot of this story.

"A Christmas Memory" is also narrated by Buddy, so we see the plot revolve around him and his interactions with his friend, who seems to be the person he is closest to, not just in the household, but in general. He says that they are each others' best friends. 

This story is a recounting of a memory from a Christmas past, and Buddy is looking back on it as a young adult who is off at school. It appears from the end of the story as well that his connection to his friend is very strong, and after he officially learns of her passing, he says it was as if he knew it already before anyone told him - so strong was their bond. 

There are really only two main characters in this story because this memory is about their closeness.


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