The Graduate Author:Charles Webb Ben Braddock is the graduate, a young man from a good family who has just finished college. By his family's expectations, he should now go on to a good graduate school and then to a good career. But Ben doesn't really have any ambitions, and isn't sure what he wants to do with his life. He's cynical and depressed, unwilling to go in any one dire... more »ction.
Then he meets Mrs. Robinson, the seductive wife of his father's best friend, and a woman old enough to be his mother.Though Benjamin is initially reluctant, Mrs. Robinson has some idea of what Ben is feeling. She lures him into an affair, which goes very awry when he meets Elaine Robinson, his lover's daughter -- and falls for her.« less