Tuck Everlasting: Character Traits & Analysis

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  • 0:01 'Tuck Everlasting' & the Tucks
  • 2:27 The Fosters
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Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

In ''Tuck Everlasting'' by Natalie Babbitt, the protagonist, Winnie, meets some interesting characters on her first adventure outside of her yard. In this lesson, we will learn more about the characters in this story.

Tuck Everlasting & The Tucks

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt is the story of a sheltered young girl who, on her way to find adventure, meets a colorful family. Let's learn more about the personality traits of the characters in this story.

The Tuck family seems like a typical family with a mother, father, and two sons, but they have a secret that sets them apart from other people. Eighty-seven years ago, the family inadvertently became immortal when they drank from a spring in the wood. Let's meet the Tuck family.

Mae Tuck is the mother of the Tuck family. She loves her family and is anxious to have them together again as they all get together during the first week of August every ten years. Mae doesn't love having eternal life, but she doesn't complain since there is nothing she can do about it. She is content to live in a messy house and wear worn-out clothes. The only beautiful thing she owns is a music box that she takes with her everywhere. Sometimes, she reacts out of emotion without thinking, such as when she kidnapped Winnie Foster after Winnie discovered their secret. But she doesn't mean any harm. She just wants to protect the people she loves. When the stranger threatens Winnie, she demonstrates that she will kill for those she cares about.

Angus Tuck is the father of the Tuck family. Everyone calls him Tuck. He is incredibly unhappy and wishes he could die and go to heaven. While he tends to be gruff, he has a soft spot for Winnie. He does not want Winnie or anyone else to drink from the spring because he does not want anyone else to feel as miserable as he does. Winnie feels loved and protected by Angus.

Miles Tuck is the 22-year-old son of Mae and Angus. Miles has skills as a carpenter and a blacksmith that he uses to find work between visits to see his parents. Miles was once married and had children, but his wife left him because, after nearly twenty years of marriage, he had not aged at all. She decided that he must have sold his soul to the devil to stay young for so long. Because of his experiences, he realizes how dangerous drinking from the spring is for others.

Jesse Tuck is the 17-year-old son of Mae and Angus. Jesse is an adventurer who manages to get by doing odd jobs, such as bartending or field work. He has a beautiful, striking appearance that immediately draws Winnie to him. Jesse wants Winnie to wait until she is his age and drink the water from the spring so that they can run away together and get married.

The Fosters

We're first introduced to the Foster family when Winnie Foster is angrily talking to a frog about the oppression she feels in her family. Let's meet the Foster family.

Winnie Foster is the protagonist of this story. She's a ten-year-old girl who feels the need to spread her wings. Being the only child, she feels as if she is being supervised every minute. Winnie has been warned of the dangers in the world, so she is a little afraid, but she doesn't completely buy it, either. When she sneaks off into the wood to embark on her first adventure, she meets the Tucks. Being cautious, it occurs to her that the Tucks are insane with their story of everlasting life, but she soon grows to love them, anyway. Winnie feels a sense of responsibility to help them in any way she can.

Mrs. Foster, Winnie's mother, is a minor character in the story. Mrs. Foster is an overprotective mother who frequently nags Winnie about things like keeping things tidy and staying out of the heat.

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