Simon McEachern

Display Name: 
Simon McEachern
Sort Name: 
McEachern, Simon
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Male
Class: 
Middle Class
Rank: 
Secondary
Vitality: 
Alive
Occupation: 
Farming
Specific Job: 
Farmer
Date of Birth: 
Saturday, January 1, 1870 to Saturday, December 31, 1870
Biography: 

He is more than forty years old when he adopts Joe Christmas from the Memphis orphanage and takes the five-year-old boy to his farm.  The narrative describes him as "somehow rocklike, indomitable, not so much ungentle as ruthless" (143-44). His voice is that "of a man who demanded that he be listened to not so much with attention but in silence" (142). A Calvinist, he plans to "learn" Joe that "'the two abominations are sloth and idle thinking, the two virtues are work and the fear of God'" (144). He bullies his nameless wife and chastises her for lying on Joe's behalf. His verbal and physical abuse of Joe lead to a violent final confrontation between them.

Individual or Group: 
Individual

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