Character—“Where Have You Gone, Charming Billy,” by Tim O’Brien
Characters are the actors in the story.
A short story usually contains one or two main characters whose experiences, reactions, and changes are
the focus of the story.
Minor characters are important because of the effects they have on main characters, or the ways in which
their actions move the story forward.
With a partner, complete the chart below to show how the minor characters affect the main character in this
story. Make as complete a bulleted list as you can!
How does Toby (Buffalo) affect Paul? How does Billy Boy Watkins affect
Private First Class Paul Berlin
How does the Unseen Enemy affect How does Paul’s father affect Paul?