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Freddy Brunner Character Analysis

Freddy is a mutual acquaintance of Tracey, Cynthia, Jessie, and Stan who works at Olstead’s Steel Tubing. Near the beginning of the play, an article appears in Reading, Pennsylvania’s local paper reporting that Freddy burned his own house down. Stan and the others theorize that this was due to Freddy’s stress over his failed marriage and debt, as well as rumors of impending cutbacks at Olstead’s. As such, Freddy represents the dire personal consequences that can arise from financial hardship.

Freddy Brunner Quotes in Sweat

The Sweat quotes below are all either spoken by Freddy Brunner or refer to Freddy Brunner. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Act 1, Scene 2 Quotes

STAN: Says he got wind that they were gonna cut back his line at the plant. Couldn’t handle the stress.

CYNTHIA: That rumor’s been flying around for months. Nobody’s going anywhere.

STAN: Okay, you keep telling yourself that, but you saw what happened over at Clemmons Technologies. No one saw that coming. Right? You could wake up tomorrow and all your jobs are in Mexico, whatever, it’s this NAFTA bullshit—

Related Characters: Stan (speaker), Cynthia (speaker), Freddy Brunner, Tracey
Related Symbols: The Bar
Page Number: 19-20
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Freddy Brunner Character Timeline in Sweat

The timeline below shows where the character Freddy Brunner appears in Sweat. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1, Scene 2
Working-Class Disillusionment Theme Icon
Changing the subject, Stan asks if the women heard about Freddy Brunner—this morning’s paper reported that he burned his own house down. Freddy seemingly broke due... (full context)
Working-Class Disillusionment Theme Icon
Stan redirects the conversation, recalling that Freddy was the one who shut down the mill when Stan got injured. If it weren’t... (full context)
Act 2, Scene 3
Working-Class Disillusionment Theme Icon
...the world, which is why he isn’t voting. Cynthia agrees, and she suggests that maybe Freddy Brunner wasn’t so crazy to burn his house down. (full context)