The Death of Ivan Ilych | Study Guide

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The Death of Ivan Ilych | Characters

Character Description
Ivan Ilych Golovin Ivan Ilych Golovin is a bourgeois Russian professional man and protagonist of the novella. Read More
Praskovya Fedorovna Golovina Praskovya Fedorovna Golovina is Ivan's wife and mother to his two living children. Read More
Gerasim Gerasim is a Russian peasant and servant to the family of Ivan Ilych. Read More
Lisa Ivanovna Golovina Ivan Ilych's daughter, Lisa Ivanovna Golovina, has adopted the norms and fulfills the expectations of bourgeois society. At the end, she becomes engaged to be married but seems to have little feeling for her dying father or anyone but herself.
Vladimir Ivanovich Golovin Ivan's son, Vladimir Ivanovich Golovin, is reserved but seems as yet to be uncorrupted by society's demands. At the end, Vladimir seems to genuinely love his father.
Peter Ivanovich Ivan Ilych's close friend Peter Ivanovich appears only at the beginning of the story. He exemplifies an inauthentic bourgeois attitude toward life, pleasure, and denial of unpleasantness and death.
Zachar Ivanovich Zachar Ivanovich is Ivan Ilych's colleague and later a high-ranking minister who gives Ivan a well-paid job in the Department of Justice.
Peter, the footman Peter, the footman, is a servant to Ivan Ilych and his household. He helps Ivan while Ivan is dying.
Fedor Petrovich Fedor Petrovich is Lisa Ivanovna Golovina's fiancé. He is typical of the Russian upper bourgeoisie. He is a seemingly bland and unremarkable character who has little to do with the story aside from his relationship with Lisa.
Schwartz Schwartz is a work colleague and friend of Ivan Ilych. He appears at Ivan's wake and is most notable for ignoring or denying the death that has occurred and for his pursuit of pleasurable pastimes.
Ivan Egorovich Shebek Ivan Egorovich Shebek is a public prosecutor who works in the same courthouse and is an acquaintance of Ivan Ilych.
Fedor Vasilievich Fedor Vasilievich is a lawyer and colleague of Ivan Ilych.
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