Study Guide

Tender is the Night Characters

By F. Scott Fitzgerald

Dick Diver

Dick Diver is a dominant figure in Tender is the Night. He’s a pretty shifty character, and...

Nicole Diver

Nicole’s mental illness permeates everything. Her world is torn apart when she’s a...

Tommy Barban

Tommy is a truly fascinating character. He brings forth the idea of duality of the novel,...

Rosemary Hoyt

Starlet Rosemary Hoyt is a mysterious and glamorous figure in the novel. The more we examine her,...

Elsie Speers

We feel a bit conflicted about Elsie Speers. As we discuss in Rosemary's "Character Analysis,"...

Devereux Warren

Devereux is Nicole’s father. He raped her when she was somewhere between the ages of eleven...

Baby Warren

Baby Warren is portrayed as a rather cold woman, insulated from the world by her wealth. Baby is...

Lanier Diver

The Diver children’s roles in the novel are sparse, but their presences underscore the...

Topsy Diver

Nicole fell into a terrible madness after Topsy’s birth, though there is no indication that...

Albert McKisco

At the beginning of the novel Albert is something of an annoying pest. He walks around feeling...

Violet McKisco

Violet remains somewhat irritating throughout the novel, but has the important distinction of...

Abe North

When we first meet Abe, he seems to be doing OK. He seems to be a stable contrast to the...

Mary North

Dick thinks Mary’s an opportunist for marrying a wealthy man so soon after Abe’s...

Franz Gregarovius

Dick’s eventual partner in the clinic, Franz, is one of the people who knows Nicole’s...

Kaethe Gregarovius

Kaethe is Franz’s wife and is hard to like. Dick thinks that she’s a "cauliflower"...

Dr. Dohmler

We don’t see much of him, but he’s important because he owns the clinic before Dick...

Collis Clay

Collis is Rosemary’s friend, and he’s essentially following her around. He’s...