Study Guide

Omeros Characters

By Derek Walcott

Achille

When we first meet Achille, he is traveling down the rocky road of love, hitting just about every...

Hector

Hector is pretty much defined by one act: stealing Helen away from his best friend, Achille. It's...

Helen

What do you think the most beautiful man or woman in the world looks like? It's hard to even...

Philoctete

Philoctete is one of the most interesting characters in this poem. He doesn't figure prominently...

Major Dennis Plunkett

Major Plunkett has problems. Like Philoctete, he has a wound without purpose, one he didn't earn...

Omeros

Let's face it: Walcott kind of has a thing for Omeros. We know from his own confession late in...

Seven Seas

Walcott knows that if you're going to go epic, you simply to have a "blind seer" among your cast...

Ma Kilman

On the surface, Ma Kilman is just your average, mild-mannered shopkeeper. Seven Seas and...

Maud Plunkett

It takes a long time for Walcott to let us in on this, but Maud Plunkett is kind of a...

Warwick, Ghost of the Father

Warwick appears briefly in Omeros but has a huge impact on the narrator and his thoughts about...

Afolabe

It's only natural that a poet would be obsessed with the meaning of words and utilize them to the...

Midshipman Plunkett

Young Plunkett's timeline comes in right after the narrator's first encounter with the ghost of...

Catherine Weldon

Our narrator meets Catherine Weldon in an unconventional way: across time, through the pages of a...

Statics/Maljo/Didier

A "fisherman-mechanic" by trade, Maljo grows weary of the political promises of the two major...