The Female Persuasion

by

Meg Wolitzer

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Darren Tinzler Character Analysis

A student and fraternity boy at Ryland College who sexually assaults a number of young women, including Greer Kadetsky. After the sexual assault victims bring a formal complaint to the college, Darren is given a mere slap on the wrist. The administration’s weak response results in outrage from many students—especially Zee and Greer, who make shirts with Darren Tinzler’s face on them to continue to spread the message of his unfair escape from punishment or consequence.

Darren Tinzler Quotes in The Female Persuasion

The The Female Persuasion quotes below are all either spoken by Darren Tinzler or refer to Darren Tinzler. 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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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Riverhead Books edition of The Female Persuasion published in 2018.
Chapter 1  Quotes

Soon the other girls rallied and came forward, and while the college initially tried to avoid any kind of public airing, under pressure officials agreed to hold a disciplinary hearing. It took place in a biology lab in the pale, leaking light of a Friday afternoon, when everyone was already thinking about the weekend ahead. Greer, when it was her turn to speak, stood in front of a glossy black table lined with Bunsen burners, and half-whispered what Darren Tinzler had said and done to her that night at the party. She was sure she had a fever from testifying, a wild and inflamed fever. Scarlet fever, maybe.

Related Characters: Greer Kadetsky (speaker), Darren Tinzler
Page Number: 21
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Darren Tinzler Character Timeline in The Female Persuasion

The timeline below shows where the character Darren Tinzler appears in The Female Persuasion. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1 
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...house, Greer becomes slightly drunk and strikes up a conversation with a frat boy named Darren Tinzler . They discuss dorm life, and Greer reveals that she is unsatisfied with Ryland; she... (full context)
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...will listen—including Cory—about what happened to her at the party. Zee urges Greer to report Darren Tinzler to the university administration. Zee is “innately, bracingly political,” but Greer does not consider herself... (full context)
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...Greer hears about at least six other women who have been harassed or assaulted by Darren Tinzler , and their stories are remarkably similar to hers. One night, Darren attempts to assault... (full context)
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Much to the victims’ dismay, the disciplinary committee decides to allow Darren Tinzler to remain on campus as long as he completes three counseling sessions with a therapist... (full context)
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...supply of t-shirts and spend a long night in their dorm’s basement ironing transfers of Darren Tinzler ’s face—with the word “Unwanted” plastered across it—onto the shirts. The next morning, they attempt... (full context)
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...if one of them can engage Faith in a conversation about the unjust situation with Darren Tinzler , Faith will tell them what to do. (full context)
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...wearing and informs Faith of the university’s mishandling of the assault and harassment case against Darren Tinzler . Faith urges Greer to keep the conversation going, and says she is “amaze[d]” by... (full context)
Chapter 15
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...her on. As Greer studies the video more closely, she realizes that the man is Darren Tinzler . Zee reveals that Tinzler runs a revenge porn website now and has attracted the... (full context)
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...even offers Zee the chance to come on board and help out. Greer thinks about Darren Tinzler , and how his horrible treatment of women makes her want to do “everything possible”... (full context)