Character Sketch – Two Fishermen

Morley Callaghan’s short story, “Two Fishermen,” revolves around Michael Foster: a young, eager reporter who someday hopes to, “get a reporter’s job on a city paper” (Callaghan 3). Michael is tall, long-legged, and he is the reporter for the town’s only newspaper: the Examiner. Not only is he in charge of the only source of information around the town, he is also well-known by the townspeople, which gives him a strong presence in society.

Michael believes that Smitty, as a person, is not a man of immorality. Albeit this, his aspects change with his environment. When surrounded by a crowd, Michael’s attitude towards the hangman morphs to fit accordingly to society’s expectations. He neither helps or pelts Smitty during the attack, only struggles to find an escape. Mortimer, a large fisherman, noticed the fish Michael was holding and launched it towards Smitty. Michael saw the expression on the hangman’s face as the fish landed on the ground and it made him glow, “hot with shame” (Callaghan 8). Despite this, he values his reputation in the town more than his friendship with Smitty; he would rather be passive in the crowd than be active on his own. He prioritizes his reputation over defending Smitty.


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  1. Thank you for posting your character sketch, based on the story “Two Fishermen” written by Morley Callaghan. Here are my observations regarding your work:

    – EXCELLENT sketch of Michael Foster!!!!!
    – Introductory sentence is well-written mentioning the character within the short story title and author (provides context)
    – Utilizes two quotations, and they are properly integrated
    – Provides great details and insight on the character that is being discussed
    – Spelling and grammar mistakes are minimal
    > with Smitty; He would (lower case the “h” in “he”)
    – Response exceeds requirements

    Excellent character sketch and thank you for submitting!

    Mr. Barazzuol
    English Teacher

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