This thesis aims to conduct a characterological study of John Fante’s protagonist Arturo Bandini from the two novels Wait Until Spring, Bandini and The Road to Los Angeles. Through an analysis of the narrative technique in the novels and an application of characterization theory, the goal is to describe Arturo Bandini as accurately as possible. The thesis argues that the character is multifaceted and interesting and that extensive comparisons with his creator are not required in order to understand Arturo. The theoretical approach in this thesis is two-fold, inferring character based on characterization theory on the one hand and narrative technique on the other. Through an analysis of the narrator’s role in the narrative, much of the characteristic features of Arturo are revealed to the reader. In addition to this, an analysis of the character through direct definition and indirect presentation portrays the protagonist’s traits in the story. This characterological study, then, will put emphasis on the narrative point of view and the establishing of character in the story, both of which will combine to create a coherent and accurate description of Arturo. Through the analysis, this thesis demonstrates Arturo’s struggles to become integrated in American society. It is his dream to assimilate completely and to rid himself of his Italian heritage. In the process, Arturo embodies the story of an immigrant’s struggle to pursue the American Dream. The toils and hardships of immigrants are described through the Bandini character in an agonizing journey from young boy through adolescence. This journey reveals a vivid character with moral ambiguities and an intensely felt emotional existence.