Study Guide

The Corrections Characters

By Jonathan Franzen

Enid Lambert

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Alfred Lambert

Alfred is like the Wizard of Oz—he's not always directly involved in the plot but he's...

Gary Lambert

Gary is a man caught between two women. If you're thinking that sounds like a good problem,...

Chip Lambert

Chip Lambert wants to the hippest hipster that ever lived. If you were to break down his desired...

Denise Lambert

Denise is a melting pot. As the third and youngest child in the Lambert family, she had a much...

Caroline and the Kids (Jonah, Aaron, and Caleb)

Gary's whole mission in life is to not be his father, but he couldn't have failed any harder.It's...

Don Armour

Don Armour (yeah, real subtle with the symbolism there, Franzen) shapes the future of the Lambert...

Gitanas

Gitanas's bizarre journey illustrates The Corrections' take on the state of modern politics. The...

Melissa Pacquette

Melissa is everything that Chip wants. Actually, scratch that—Melissa is everything that...

Robin Passafaro and Brian Callahan

Denise has very specific—but very different—tastes in lovers. On one hand, she often...

Sylvia Wroth

While Enid represses her emotions like a fart on a first date, Sylvia is eager to tell Enid her...