Gretchen Ross

Gretchen Ross

    Donnie Darko
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Character Analysis

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Overview... new to the high school in Middlesex, Virginia. Gretchen came to this town with her mother under a new identity to avoid her violent and abusive father. Gretchen finds a kindred spirit in troubled teenager Donnie Darko, who has visions of a coming apocalypse.

Personality… shy and anxious. Gretchen is thrown into a new world where she knows no one except her mother, who is not a very reliable person to begin with. Her new relationship with Donnie is a blessing and exciting, but also uncertain and confusing. 


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