Book 1: Fear Summary and Analysis

New Characters:
Bigger Thomas: the protagonist; a poor, 20-year-old African American

Mrs. Thomas: Bigger’s mother

Buddy Thomas: Bigger’s younger brother

Vera Thomas: Bigger’s younger sister

Gus, G.H., and Jack Harding: Bigger’s poolroom friends

Doc: owner of the poolroom

Bessie Mears: Bigger’s girlfriend

Henry G. Dalton: white Chicago millionaire and Bigger’s employer

Mrs. Dalton: Henry Dalton’s blind wife

Mary Dalton: Henry Dalton’s 23-year-old daughter

Peggy O’Flagherty: the Daltons’ Irish cook and housekeeper

Mrs. Patterson: Mrs. Dalton’s maid


(The entire section is 3159 words.)