The young man
The main character in the short story “The Man Who Loved Flowers” by Stephen King is the young man. Other characters mainly play minor roles - such as the flower vendor, the woman whom the man mistakes for Norma, and the middle-aged couple. Several other characters that are only briefly mentioned include the people on the street, who admire the young man’s appearance.
The man’s outer characterisation reveals that he is a good-looking young man, but not necessarily what people usually call ‘beautiful’:
He was dressed in a light grey suit, the narrow tie pulled down a little, his top collar button undone. His hair was dark and cut short. His complexion was fair, his eyes a light blue. Not an extraordinary face, but on this soft spring evening, on this avenue, in May of 1963, he was beautiful… (p. 175, ll. 11-15)
The man’s inner state of mind influences his appearance. His thoughts and feelings enhance his looks and offer him a lovely aura, which impresses the passers-by. Throughout the story, the majority of the people who notice the young man are women: an old lady (p. 175, l. 7), “two women outside the washateria” (p. 179, ll. 10-11), “two teen-aged girls” (p. 179, l. 17), and a middle-aged married woman (p. 180, l. 29).
Nothing is said about the man’s profession, but at one point, it is mentioned that “he ...