Winesburg, Ohio

Winesburg, Ohio

by

Sherwood Anderson

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Enoch Robinson Character Analysis

Enoch returns to his hometown of Winesburg after living in New York City for fifteen years and confides in George Willard about his life. He senses a “youthful sadness” in George to which he can relate. Enoch’s childlike, selfish, egocentric nature makes it extremely difficult for him to get along with people and function normally. As a result, he creates imaginary friends whom he can fully control. After going to art school, he got married and had a family but was incapable of fulfilling his role as a husband and father. He met another woman who he scares away, and his imaginary friends disappear along with her. Back in Winesburg, he is distraught that he is all alone after losing everyone in his life.

Enoch Robinson Quotes in Winesburg, Ohio

The Winesburg, Ohio quotes below are all either spoken by Enoch Robinson or refer to Enoch Robinson. 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 Signet edition of Winesburg, Ohio published in 1993.
18. Loneliness Quotes

His room began to be inhabited by the spirits of men and women among whom he went, in turn saying words. It was as though everyone Enoch Robinson had ever seen had left with him some essence of himself, something he could mould and change to suit his own fancy, something that understood all about such things as the wounded woman behind the elders in the pictures.

Related Characters: The Narrator (speaker), George Willard, Enoch Robinson
Page Number: 157-158
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Enoch Robinson Character Timeline in Winesburg, Ohio

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18. Loneliness
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Enoch Robinson, a man who grew up on a farm just outside of Winesburg, moves to... (full context)
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The narrator points out that Enoch’s story is “the story of a room almost more than it is the story of... (full context)
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Enoch becomes so frustrated with his own inability to communicate that he decides he doesn’t need... (full context)
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For awhile, Enoch is serious about playing the role of an adult and tries to be a productive,... (full context)
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Enoch, having returned to his hometown of Winesburg from New York City after fifteen years, decides... (full context)