Study Guide

Typee Characters

By Herman Melville

Tommo

Tom, as he's called before the Typee give him his nickname, is Melville's narrator-avatar in this...

Toby

The way Toby—Tommo's fellow sailor and escapee—functions in Typee is a little hard to...

Mehevi

Mehevi, head-chief of the Typee Valley ("king" if you wanna be monarchy-centric about it), is an...

Fayaway

Fayaway is a "beauteous nymph" (11.38), a member of Marheyo, Tinor, and Kory-Kory's household....

The French

The French, or "Franee" as the islanders call them, are current invading forces at the Bay of...

The Happar

Though it first seems as though we're prepping to meet the Happar, we never quite do, at least...

Jimmy

Kory-Kory

While Toby is introduced as the BFF in this adventure tale, Kory-Kory is the one who's there for...

Marheyo

Marheyo, patriarch of Tommo's Typee household, seems at all turns generous—a kind of father...

Mow-Mow

A minor chief, known for his possession of a single eye, Mow-Mow seems to be more aggressive and...

Marnoo

Like Jimmy, the warrior Marnoo is "taboo," able to travel peaceably throughout the island. Unlike...

Tinor