The Corrections | Study Guide

Jonathan Franzen

Download a PDF to print or study offline.

Study Guide
Cite This Study Guide

How to Cite This Study Guide

quotation mark graphic


Course Hero. "The Corrections Study Guide." Course Hero. 14 Dec. 2020. Web. 28 Jan. 2022. <>.

In text

(Course Hero)



Course Hero. (2020, December 14). The Corrections Study Guide. In Course Hero. Retrieved January 28, 2022, from

In text

(Course Hero, 2020)



Course Hero. "The Corrections Study Guide." December 14, 2020. Accessed January 28, 2022.


Course Hero, "The Corrections Study Guide," December 14, 2020, accessed January 28, 2022,

The Corrections | Character Analysis


Alfred Lambert

Alfred Lambert is a stern and unaffectionate husband and father. Alfred believes his place is at the head of the family and that his wife and children should obey him without question or rebellion. His attitude is the opposite of that of his wife Enid Lambert. In his later life, Alfred suffers from Parkinson's disease and dementia.

Enid Lambert

Enid Lambert is a sunny and upbeat mother to three children. Enid puts her husband Alfred Lambert's needs above her own. His curmudgeonly attitude is the opposite of her happy nature. Enid wants affection, but Alfred does not give it to her during their marriage. Alfred's bad attitude is exhausting for Enid.

Gary Lambert

Gary Lambert is a depressed banker living in Philadelphia with his wife and children. Gary has a difficult time choosing between the wants of his mother and his wife. He is upset when he realizes that his attitude resembles that of his father. He worries about his parents' age and his father's ailing health. He wants his father to start a trial for a new pharmaceutical drug and for both parents to move closer to him in Philadelphia.

Chip Lambert

Chip Lambert is impulsive and irresponsible.Chip was fired from his college-level teaching job because he had an affair with a student. Chip takes menial writing and proofreading jobs and borrows money from his sister. He wants to become a genius artist and write a brilliant screenplay, but his draft turns out terribly. Chip struggles with wanting to rebel against his father and wanting to be a success.

Denise Lambert

Denise Lambert is both a tomboy and a sophisticated woman. She is a high-end chef with a promising career. She was briefly married to a much older man. Denise has affairs with men and women, and she does not like to label herself. Her romantic relationships end badly because she cannot decide what she wants in a lover or partner.

Cite This Study Guide

information icon Have study documents to share about The Corrections? Upload them to earn free Course Hero access!