Jeff Lebowski

Jeff Lebowski

    The Big Lebowski
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Character Analysis

(Avoiding Spoilers)

Living… in a shabby Venice bungalow. He doesn’t have much, but his prized possession is a rug in his living room that really brings everything together. He’s furious that two guys broke into his house and urinated all over it.  

Profession… unemployed. He’s the laziest man in southern California, so work isn’t really his thing. He spends most of his time bowling in a serious league with his buddies. And when he’s not at the lanes, he likes to listen to tapes of his best bowling matches on his Walkman.

Interests... drinking White Russians made with half-and-half, smoking the best pot he can find, and eating In-N-Out Burgers. And he’s got the stomach to show for it all.

Relationship Status… single. The Dude isn’t really interested in a relationship, as it sounds like a whole lot of work. He’s probably closest to his friend Walter, whose frenzied personality counter-balances the Dude’s tendency to go with the flow.

Challenge… getting somebody to pay for ruining his beautiful rug. The whole thing was a case of mistaken identity – the guys who broke into his house really wanted a millionaire named Mr. Lebowski. But anyone who knows Jeff would never call him Mr. Lebowski. As he says, “I'm the Dude. So that's what you call me. You know, that or, uh, His Dudeness, or uh, Duder, or El Duderino if you're not into the whole brevity thing.”

Personality… big. He’s a larger than life character who doesn’t really care what anyone thinks of him. He goes into the supermarket in a robe and writes checks for 69 cents. He’s not the “Big” Lebowski in the movie’s title (that’s the guy with the big bucks), but we think he deserves the title.


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