The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

Brief character analysis of one of the minor characters...

is the character round, does he or she contribute meaningfully to the story, or is simply distractions from the main plot?

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Ralph Paton

Ackroyd’s stepson, Paton is handsome and charming, but constantly getting into trouble with debts and financial obligations. His disappearance, as well as several major clues (including how well he stood to benefit from Ackroyd’s death), make him the major suspect in the crime. He is described as having a “weak” character, which leads him to fall constantly into debt, and look for easy ways to discharge it (such as agreeing to marry Flora when he is already committed).