Roy’s biological father and his third cellmate while in prison, though the two live together for some time before Roy discovers Walter’s true identity. Walter’s nickname, Ghetto Yoda, comes from his tendency to dole out wisdom to the other inmates. He fathered many children with different women before being incarcerated, and many women from personal ads visit him in prison. He refers to Roy as his son, though Roy only refers to Walter as his father in a goodbye letter to him.
Walter/Othaniel/Ghetto Yoda Character Timeline in An American Marriage
The timeline below shows where the character Walter/Othaniel/Ghetto Yoda appears in An American Marriage. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1, Chapter 2
...shock to discover that his cellmate is actually his biological father. When Roy was helping Walter with something, he saw his full name on his face sheet, Othaniel Walter Jenkins, and... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 3
Part 2, Chapter 6
...carrying his mother’s casket at the funeral. They shake on it. When Roy points out Walter as his biological father, Andre is shocked. This surprises Roy, since it proves that Celestial... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 3, Chapter 13