The Beautiful and Damned | Study Guide

F. Scott Fitzgerald

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The Beautiful and Damned | Character Analysis


Anthony Patch

Anthony is the first character the reader meets. He is born to Adam Ulysses Patch and Henrietta Lebrune Patch, both of whom pass away by the time Anthony is 11. His upbringing is taken over by his grandfather Adam J. Patch, who ensures that the boy has the best possible upbringing and education. Anthony grows into a man with little purpose or sense of responsibility.

Gloria Patch

Gloria is the daughter of Russel and Catherine Gilbert, a well-off couple who divides their year between Kansas City and New York City. Gloria and Anthony decide to wed two weeks after they begin to see each other seriously.

Dick Caramel

Dick, Maury, and Anthony talk often about becoming writers, but Dick is the only one who actively pursues it as a career. He achieves success with the publication of his first novel, The Demon Lover. By the end of The Beautiful and Damned, he has published seven successful works.

Maury Noble

Maury visits Anthony in Rome when Anthony lives there for a period after graduating in 1909. Afterward, both end up living in New York City, but they begin to drift apart. Their final encounter in the novel is an ugly episode in which a drunken Anthony begs Maury for money, only to be brushed off. His name, sounding like "more noble," suggests that he is good for Anthony, when, in fact, his advice is usually quite poor.

Adam J. Patch

Adam J. Patch, nicknamed "Cross Patch" during the Civil War, spends the final years of his life as an extremely wealthy man. As his only living relative after his parents' passing, Anthony assumes that he will be similarly wealthy once his grandfather passes on. However, disapproval of Anthony's lifestyle prompts the old man to disinherit his grandson, which in turn provokes Anthony to contest the will.

Joseph Bloeckman

Bloeckman, as he is referred to throughout most of the novel, remains on good terms with Gloria after her marriage to Anthony, although the two see each other less and less frequently. During a period of financial hardship, Gloria contacts him in an attempt to break into movie acting. Her screen test is a failure, which in due time becomes the stimulus of a nasty encounter between Bloeckman and Anthony.


Dot is an intense, somewhat unstable woman with a habit of threatening suicide when she fears she is losing Anthony. Anthony brings her along with him when he is transferred to a second base, but she disappears when the Armistice is declared and he is discharged. In the climactic passage of The Beautiful and Damned, Dot appears to Anthony in his New York apartment as he has a mental breakdown.

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