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Steppenwolf | Characters

Character Description
Harry Haller Harry Haller is a middle-aged intellectual, depressed and considering suicide. Read More
Hermine Hermine is an intelligent courtesan who befriends Haller at a jazz club. Read More
Pablo Pablo is a talented, kind musician who plays at jazz clubs. Read More
Maria Maria is a sensual, loving courtesan who enjoys dancing. Read More
Narrator The narrator is an average businessman who lives with his aunt in her boarding house. Read More
Agostino Agostino is a violinist who plays music with Pablo. Pablo looks after him when he gets sick.
Attorney-General Loering Haller and Gustav shoot Attorney-General Loering in the Magic Theater as he drives by in an automobile. Gustav spares his life out of respect for his no-nonsense attitude.
Chess player A nameless chess player who resembles Pablo teaches Haller how to play with the pieces of his personality. He advises that Haller can build his personality and life in thousands of different ways.
Dora Dora is employed by Attorney-General Loering as a stenographer. After Gustav and Haller shoot at their car in the Magic Theater, she joins them in shooting other cars.
Erica Erica is Haller's long-distance girlfriend. They don't see each other often, and when they do they usually fight.
Goethe The famed German writer Goethe, whom Haller greatly admires, appears to him in a dream. A childlike old man, he suggests Haller takes life too seriously.
Gustav Gustav, a former schoolmate of Haller's, is now a professor of theology. Brash and bloodthirsty, he and Haller shoot passing motorists during a war scenario in the Magic Theater.
Haller's mother Haller's mother was a middle-class homemaker.
Haller's wife Haller's wife became mentally ill and kicked him out of their home.
Herman Herman was a boyhood friend of Haller's. Hermine reminds Haller of Herman.
Rosa Kreisler Rosa Kreisler was the first girl Haller fell in love with as a boy, but they never dated. In the Magic Theater she and Haller are young again and their missed romance now plays out as a beautiful episode of young love.
Landlady The landlady is a motherly, trusting woman who is charmed by Haller.
Mozart The famous composer Mozart is an inspiration to Haller. Mozart, an immortal, sees the humor in life and encourages Haller to do the same.
Peddler The mysterious peddler gifts Haller with the book "Treatise on the Steppenwolf." He later tells Haller to go to the bar where Haller will meet Hermine.
Professor The professor is a former colleague of Haller's who is content in his profession and middle-class life. He insults an article Haller wrote, calling him unpatriotic.
Professor's wife The professor's wife is a pretty woman who admires Goethe. She is deeply offended when Haller insults her portrait of the writer.
Treatise writer The treatise writer wrote "Treatise on the Steppenwolf," which the peddler gave to Haller.
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