American Buffalo Characters

Characters Discussed (Great Characters in Literature)

Don Dubrow

Don Dubrow, a man in his late forties, the owner of the junk shop called Don’s Resale Shop. He unknowingly sells a rare American buffalo nickel for what he assumes must have been too little. He believes that by tricking him, the buyer achieved an unwarranted dominance over him. Don intends to get even by planning a robbery, one in which he will not participate but that will involve the nickel being restolen. This dream-fantasy of the robbery restores to Don the sense of power that he lost with the nickel’s sale. When the play opens, Don is berating the dependent Bob for leaving the house he had been sent to stake out. He emphasizes his dominance by making Bob apologize for that action. Don’s need for family is expressed by his fatherly friendship and concern for slow-witted Bob, whom he tries to teach the difference between friendship and business but whom he betrays out of mistrust of his own convictions and the strength of Teach’s arguments. He holds the offstage character Fletch up to Bob as an example of a guy who can think on his feet, but he becomes totally demoralized when he learns through Teach that Fletch cheated him, a friend as well as a business associate. Don turns violent when frustrated. His whole life seems to exist only within his resale shop.

Walter Cole

Walter Cole, called Teach, an overreactive friend and associate of Don who is unsure of his actions, although he puts up a good...

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American Buffalo Character Analysis

Teach

As his nickname suggests, Teach is a man who sees himself as a guru-like figure, dispensing parcels of wisdom to Don and Bob. He constantly...

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Other Characters

Bob
Bob is Don's "gopher" and serves him in the dual capacities of coffee-fetcher and surrogate son. While he does listen...

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