In Dreams Begin Responsibilities | Study Guide

Delmore Schwartz

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In Dreams Begin Responsibilities | Character Analysis


The narrator

The narrator is a young person who is asleep, and his dream reveals tension in his parents' relationship and his feelings surrounding that tension. The narrator's dream consists of watching a film of his parents when they were dating, so he is somewhat detached from the story of those characters, though it has a major impact on his emotions. There are several instances where the narrator has outbursts of crying or yelling, and he has to leave the theater in reaction to the film. When he wakes up, he shows little emotion.

The man in the film

The man in the film is an impulsive person who is focused on the future, especially where wealth and success are concerned. His career is in the business field and he wants to lead to a comfortable life like the ones he sees friends leading. He seems to be worried about making the commitment of marriage.

The woman in the film

The woman in the film is a proper young lady who often follows the lead of her date and is excited by the prospect of the relationship progressing to marriage. She has her own ideas and preferences but tends to remain easygoing and is not as excitable as her date.

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