Buried Child | Study Guide

Sam Shepard

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Buried Child | Characters

Character Description
Dodge Dodge is the patriarch of the family. He is in his 70s and is dying. Read More
Tilden Tilden is the family's none-too-bright oldest son, around 45. A former athlete, he is the father of Vince and of the buried child. Read More
Bradley Bradley is the family's middle son. He lost his leg in a chainsaw accident. Read More
Halie Halie is the matriarch of the family. She is the mother of Bradley, Tilden, and Ansel. Read More
Vince Vince, also called Vincent, is 22 years old. He is Tilden's son, but he has not been seen by the family for at least six years. Read More
Shelly Shelly is Vince's girlfriend. She is a sensible woman who knows when to cut her losses and leave. Read More
Ansel Ansel is the family's son who was murdered by his wife. He is remembered by his mother as perfect, but it is unclear what he was actually like.
Baby The baby is the buried child of the title, who was doted on by Tilden and murdered by Dodge. When Halie remembers Vince as a perfect baby, she may actually be remembering this baby.
Father Dewis Father Dewis is a Protestant minister who is likely having an affair with Halie. He recognizes the family for what it is and clears out.
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