Michael Foster is the main character in Morley Callaghan’s, “Two Fishermen”. He is described as a, “tall, long-legged, eager young fellow” (Callaghan 1). He lives on the countryside and works as, “the only reporter on the town newspaper, The Examiner” (Callaghan 1). He is eager to work and is great at his job; it is easy for him to get information from others thanks to his friendly and soft spoken nature. He continues to work in this small town, but has ambitions of building up an impressive profile, so he can, “go to the city someday and work on an important newspaper” (Callaghan 1). Concerning wealth, Michael seems to be in the lower-middle class, as he is still young and just starting his career. He also seems to have a high school to college level education because he is good at asking questions and writing reports.
Michael is not in any romantic relationships, but is liked by the town’s people and acquainted with several people like the sheriff. He also began a friendship with Smitty, who is a hangman, when they fished together. During this time, Michael interviewed Smitty to get information on the Thomas Delaney case for the paper. This event proved that Michael can manipulate others into giving the information he needs. Michael is easy-going and doesn’t like hurting others feelings, but is afraid to stand up against the town’s people. He is afraid because he does not want to be judged, or become another target for the town’s people. This fear is what led to the betrayal Smitty felt when Michael didn’t stand up against the town’s people and let one of them throw one of the fish Smitty gave him. Despite not doing anything about it, Michael does believe the way they treated Smitty was wrong.