Study Guide

Vanity Fair Characters

By William Makepeace Thackeray

Becky Sharp

A poor orphan of low birth, Becky Sharp is a born hustler and almost sociopathic striver who...

Amelia Sedley

A soft, passive young woman, Amelia Sedley is born into wealth, comfort, and the protective arms...

George Osborne

Born to a wealthy, snobby, social-climbing banker, George Osborne lives in the lap of luxury....

Rawdon Crawley

A large, imposing army dragoon, Rawdon Crawley sows enough wild oats for about ten men, but then...

William Dobbin

Ungainly, unattractive, and lisping, Dobbin is surprisingly the novel's only real gentleman. His...

Jos Sedley

Amelia's older brother is a very vain, very fat, very self-important officer in the East India...

Pitt Crawley

Rawdon's older brother Pitt seems at first to be an effeminate and pedantic weakling. However,...

Sir Pitt Crawley

A dirty, disheveled, stingy old man, Sir Pitt is a baronet and the owner of Queen's Crawley,...

Lady Jane Crawley

A kind, gentle, and highly maternal woman, Lady Jane humanizes her husband, Pitt Crawley,...

Miss Crawley

A very rich, very high-maintenance, extremely worldly old woman, Miss Crawley holds the purse...

Rawdon Crawley Jr.

The maternally neglected, paternally indulged son of Becky and Rawdon, Rawdon Jr. eventually ends...

Mrs. Bute Crawley

The wife of Sir Pitt's brother, Reverend Bute Crawley, Mrs. Bute is a scheming and generally...

Lord Steyne

An extremely important and very rich member of the nobility, Lord Steyne becomes Becky's...

George Osborne Jr.

An imperious, willful, and self-important little boy, George Osborne's son is adopted for a time...

Mr. Sedley

Mr. Sedley is Amelia's father. He begins the novel as a prosperous merchant and investor but is...

Mr. Osborne

George Osborne's father is a stern, vulgar, self-made business man. He is obsessed with...

Peggy O'Dowd

Mrs. O'Dowd is the wife of Major O'Dowd, who leads George and Dobbin's regiment. She is Irish...

Miss Swartz

Miss Swartz is a rich, orphaned, Jewish-Jamaican heiress who falls into the clutches of the...