Golden Boy Characters

Characters Discussed (Great Characters in Literature)

Joe Bonaparte

Joe Bonaparte, a young violinist who becomes a prizefighter. At heart a musician, he has been laughed at and hurt by people against whom he longs to fight back. The fame and money he earns in the ring make retaliation possible but brutalize Joe and change his personality. He falls in love with Lorna Moon, who finally persuades him to give up the ring. That night, they are both killed in an automobile accident.

Tom Moody

Tom Moody, Joe Bonaparte’s fight manager and part owner.

Lorna Moon

Lorna Moon, Tom Moody’s mistress. Asked by Joe Bonaparte’s father to help the fighter find himself, she falls in love with him but feels that she cannot give up Tom Moody, whose wife has at last consented to a divorce so that he can marry her. Finally, in Joe’s dressing room after a triumphant fight, she tells him again that she loves him and persuades him to leave the ring. She is killed with him that night in an automobile accident.

Mr. Bonaparte

Mr. Bonaparte, Joe Bonaparte’s father. Hoping that Joe will give up fighting and return to music, he refuses the parental blessing on Joe’s career until he sorrowfully sees that his son is totally committed to the ring. When Joe is killed, he claims the body and brings the boy home where he belongs.

Eddie Fuseli

Eddie Fuseli, a gambler and part owner of Joe Bonaparte.

Golden Boy Character Analysis

Joe Bonaparte

Joe Bonaparte, known only as ‘‘Boy’’ in the first part of the first scene, is a talented violinist, who trades his musical dream for...

(The entire section is 442 words.)

Mr. Bonaparte

Mr. Bonaparte is Joe’s Italian father, whom Joe alienates when he starts to get famous because of his boxing career. Mr. Bonaparte is a...

(The entire section is 335 words.)

Tom Moody

Tom Moody is Joe’s initial fight manager and the fiancé of Lorna Moon. Moody is a man in his forties who used to manage all of the great...

(The entire section is 399 words.)

Lorna Moon

Lorna Moon is Tom Moody’s fiancée, although she is in love with Joe. When Joe first introduces himself to Moody and tries to get Moody to...

(The entire section is 360 words.)

Other Characters

Anna
Anna is Joe’s sister and Siggie’s wife. Anna’s marriage is filled with love and devotion, and she and her husband...

(The entire section is 1007 words.)