Judy Blume's 1972 novel Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothingis a wonderful book that has really stood the test of time.
Many characters are introduced in this novel but not all of them are major. Some just serve to move the plot forward. The major characters in...
Judy Blume's 1972 novel Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing is a wonderful book that has really stood the test of time.
Many characters are introduced in this novel but not all of them are major. Some just serve to move the plot forward. The major characters in the novel are as follows:
Peter Warren Hatcher is the narrator of the story and the protagonist. The antagonist is his younger brother, Farley Drexel Hatcher.
My biggest problem is my brother, Farley Drexel Hatcher. He's two and-a-half years old. Everybody calls him Fudge. I feel sorry for him if he's going to grow up with a name like Fudge, but I don't say a word. It's none of my business. Fudge is always in my way. He messes up everything he sees. And when he gets mad he throws himself flat on the floor and he screams. And he kicks. And he bangs his fists. The only time I really like him is when he's sleeping.
Mr. and Mrs. Hatcher, Peter's parents, are also major characters. They interact with Peter differently over the major problem of Fudge. Peter's mom often holds Peter responsible for what Fudge does. She also tries to motivate the strong-willed Fudge by using Peter as a role model for him, as she does in the following quote:
But my mother said, "I have an idea." She motioned for me and Mr. Berman to come closer. I had the feeling I wasn't going to like her idea. But I listened anyway. "I think we'll have to play a little joke on Fudge," she said. "What do you mean?" I asked. "Well. . . suppose Mr. Berman brings out a pair of saddle shoes in your size and. . . ." "Oh no!" I said. "You're not going to get me to wear saddle shoes. Never!"
Peter's father is more detached and tries to be more stern with Fudge. However, he is not sympathetic to Peter's impossible situation, namely, that Fudge is a major problem in his life, and no one will help him with this problem.
Jimmy Fargo is Peter's best friend, but, aside from a couple of episodes, he is not in the novel much. He really serves to drive the plot forward, but he is not a major character. This is also true for the Yarbys, Grandma, and Sheila.
The biggest problem of the novel comes when Dribble, the turtle Peter wins at Jimmy's birthday party, is eaten by Fudge. All the concern goes to Fudge's well-being. His parents are panicked and take him to the hospital. The doctors prescribe medicines that will move the turtle through the digestive tract. A doctor informs Peter he will need to get another turtle. No one expresses concern for Peter's feelings about losing his beloved turtle to his brother's crazy behavior.