From 11:00PM PDT on Friday, July 1 until 5:00AM PDT on Saturday, July 2, the Shmoop engineering elves will be making tweaks and improvements to the site. That means Shmoop will be unavailable for use during that time. Thanks for your patience!
We have changed our privacy policy. In addition, we use cookies on our website for various purposes. By continuing on our website, you consent to our use of cookies. You can learn about our practices by reading our privacy policy.
© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
Tender is the Night

Tender is the Night

  

by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Lanier Diver

Character Analysis

The Diver children’s roles in the novel are sparse, but their presences underscore the tragic themes. Lanier is the older of the children, and is described in one place as being an "unpredictable boy with an inhuman curiosity." What do you make of the word inhuman? Think of all the dark secrets and mysteries surrounding his mother. He was there at the fair and in the car when she tried to swerve it off a cliff, and who knows what else he’s seen that contrasts with the generally loving and caring aspects of Nicole that he sees. And then he loses Dick before he’s a teenager. Lanier will undoubtedly have plenty of money when he grows up, but the novel gives us lots of clues that he’s in for a rough ride dealing with his past.

Advertisement