Tobias Wolff

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The protagonist and narrator of “Flyboys” is an unnamed boy, likely in his pre-teen or early teen years. He is the current friend of classmate Clark, with whom he is designing a jet planeread analysis of Narrator


Clark is the classmate and friend with whom the narrator is designing a plane. He is a pragmatic person who is deeply dedicated to realizing their vision, putting their end goal before his own… read analysis of Clark


Freddy is a classmate of Clark and the narrator. He was formerly the narrator’s best friend, and in the past the two boys would tell outrageous stories, go camping with Freddy’s older brother Tankerread analysis of Freddy

Freddy’s Mom

Freddy’s mom is a woman who has endured much hardship. Her family is not well-off, her son Tanker has died in a motorcycle accident, and her husband Ivan is unreliable. The narrator pities her, as… read analysis of Freddy’s Mom


Tanker is Freddy’s brother. Prior to the time of the story, Tanker died in a motorcycle accident, which has left Freddy’s family burdened with grief. When Tanker was alive, he served as a positive… read analysis of Tanker
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Ivan is Freddy’s stepfather. In the story, Ivan often gets the family into trouble, engaging in foolish money-making attempts or illegally dumping garbage. He is not always brave, either—he runs away when Tanker dies… read analysis of Ivan