Characters Discussed

(Great Characters in Literature)

Harry Hope

Harry Hope, the proprietor of a saloon and rooming house on the Lower West Side of New York City. He has been afflicted with agoraphobia since the death of his wife many years earlier. He hated her but cannot admit that he did, even to himself. With pretended reluctance, he gives his roomers free rent and free liquor. Like them, he is an alcoholic.

Ed Mosher

Ed Mosher, Hope’s brother-in-law, a former circus man and a roomer at Harry Hope’s.

Pat McGloin

Pat McGloin, a former police lieutenant and a roomer at Harry Hope’s.

Willie Oban

Willie Oban, a Harvard Law School alumnus and a roomer at Harry Hope’s.

Joe Mott

Joe Mott, formerly the proprietor of a gambling house with a black clientele.

Piet Wetjoen

Piet Wetjoen, known as The General, a former leader of a Boer commando and a roomer at Harry Hope’s.

Cecil Lewis

Cecil Lewis, known as The Captain, a former captain of British infantry and a roomer at Harry Hope’s.

James Cameron

James Cameron, also known as Jimmy Tomorrow, a former Boer War correspondent and a roomer at Harry Hope’s.

Hugo Kalmar

Hugo Kalmar, a former editor of anarchist periodicals. His name suggests Karl Marx.

Larry Slade

Larry Slade, a syndicalist-anarchist and a roomer at Harry Hope’s. He considers himself to be a withdrawn observer of the others who lacks their pipe dream of someday returning to the real world and a former life. The events of the play finally make him...

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The Iceman Cometh Character Analysis

The Iceman Cometh Hickey

Hickey is a hardware salesman who comes to Harry's Hope's saloon twice a year for a drinking binge. The roomers look forward to his arrival....

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The Iceman Cometh Larry Slade

Slade is considered by many to be the protagonist in The Iceman Cometh. He is a former anarchist who became disillusioned with the...

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The Iceman Cometh Other Characters

James Cameron
See Jimmy Tomorrow.

The Captain
See Cecil Lewis.


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