Messenger

Ramon Character Analysis

Ramon is one of Matty's best friends. Though he's kind and caring, Ramon is also boastful and self-important, to the point of making Matty sarcastically wonder whether Ramon's true name might be Boaster or Bragger. Born in Village, Ramon has an outsized fear of Forest, especially after seeing Gatherer entangled. He's unconvinced when Matty points out that because Ramon was born in Village, there's no reason for him to enter Forest at all. Not long before the start of the novel, Ramon's parents traded for a Gaming Machine at Trade Mart. Though the Gaming Machine is fun, Matty only discovers much later that this trade is the reason for the illness that plagues Ramon and his little sister. Ramon develops a cough in the beginning of the novel, tires easily, and by the time Matty is ready to embark on his journey into Forest, both Ramon and his sister have been quarantined by Herbalist. Matty's sacrifice to Forest causes Ramon to begin to get well immediately.

Ramon Quotes in Messenger

The Messenger quotes below are all either spoken by Ramon or refer to Ramon. 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:
Selfishness vs. the Collective Good Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt edition of Messenger published in 2004.
Chapter Three Quotes

"And so we would give up—or maybe even trade away—reading, and music, in exchange for the extreme excitement of pulling a handle and watching sourballs spit forth from a mechanical device?" he asked.

Put that way, Matty thought, the Gaming Machine didn't actually seem such a good trade. "Well," he said, "it's fun."

Related Characters: Matty (speaker), Seer (speaker), Ramon
Related Symbols: The Gaming Machine
Page Number: 25
Explanation and Analysis:
Quotes explanation long mobile

Unlock explanations and citation info for this and every other Messenger quote.

Plus so much more...

Get LitCharts A+
Already a LitCharts A+ member? Sign in!
Get the entire Messenger LitChart as a printable PDF.
Messenger.pdf.medium

Ramon Character Timeline in Messenger

The timeline below shows where the character Ramon appears in Messenger. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter One
Selfishness vs. the Collective Good Theme Icon
Matty's friend Ramon comes around the corner and surprises him. Ramon invites Matty for supper, and Matty thinks... (full context)
Chapter Two
Selfishness vs. the Collective Good Theme Icon
Humans and Nature Theme Icon
The next day, Ramon and Matty take their fishing rods to fish and Ramon explains what happened last night:... (full context)
Humans and Nature Theme Icon
...Gatherer was nice, and the boys remember how Gatherer used to throw berries to them. Ramon says that Gatherer went into Forest to tell his wife's family about their new baby.... (full context)
Youth, Memory, and the Future Theme Icon
Because Ramon is tired, he and Matty settle themselves on a boulder to fish. Annoyed and a... (full context)
Chapter Three
Youth, Memory, and the Future Theme Icon
...less fun to Matty. He continues to talk about candy, but Seer points out that Ramon's parents probably traded something very valuable for the Gaming Machine. As they sit down for... (full context)
Chapter Six
Selfishness vs. the Collective Good Theme Icon
Humans and Nature Theme Icon
Identity and Difference Theme Icon
Ramon hurries by Matty and Seer, calling out that new people are arriving and there's a... (full context)
Selfishness vs. the Collective Good Theme Icon
Youth, Memory, and the Future Theme Icon
...concern that something has changed and now, trading is secretive. Matty says that he asked Ramon what his parents traded for the Gaming Machine, but Ramon didn't know and said his... (full context)
Chapter Seven
Selfishness vs. the Collective Good Theme Icon
...and public, and their second was secret. Sometimes, the crowd jeered at a person, and Ramon's mother wasn't allowed to trade for a fur jacket. Restlessly, Seer asks Matty to make... (full context)
Chapter Ten
Selfishness vs. the Collective Good Theme Icon
Youth, Memory, and the Future Theme Icon
Humans and Nature Theme Icon
Identity and Difference Theme Icon
...couldn't see people in the dim light of Trade Mart. In daylight, Matty notices that Ramon and his sister both look very ill, and when his sister coughs, Ramon's mother shakes... (full context)
Chapter Eleven
Humans and Nature Theme Icon
...of bread to take with him. Matty mentions that he wants to say goodbye to Ramon before he leaves, but Jean says that Herbalist has quarantined Ramon and his sister, fearing... (full context)
Selfishness vs. the Collective Good Theme Icon
Humans and Nature Theme Icon
...like they once went through Matty's old settlement. Matty considers using his gift to save Ramon, but knows that he wouldn't be able to make it through Forest weakened from the... (full context)
Chapter Seventeen
Youth, Memory, and the Future Theme Icon
...reach for her clothes, though they haven't gotten to her skin yet. Matty remembers how Ramon described Stocktender, who was entangled by Forest. He wonders if Forest teased and scared Stocktender... (full context)
Chapter Twenty-One
Selfishness vs. the Collective Good Theme Icon
Humans and Nature Theme Icon
Identity and Difference Theme Icon
...discovers that the vine is no longer attacking him. A breeze blows through Village and Ramon sits up, his fever gone. Seer feels the breeze and then touches the tapestry. He... (full context)