Study Guide

The Death of Ivan Ilych Characters

By Leo Tolstoy

Ivan Ilych Golovin

It is hard not to feel compassion for Ivan Ilych. In his whole life, dying really is just about...

Praskovya Fedorovna Golovina

Praskovya Fedorovna is the wife of Ivan Ilych. From Ivan's point of view, she just might be the...

Gerasim

Gerasim is Goodness personified. In the desert of falseness and fakery that is Ivan Ilych's...

Vasya

You might say Vasya's the odd one out in Ivan's family, because he actually seems to care about...

Peter Ivanovich

Peter Ivanovich is the kind of best friend you probably don't want to have. The narrator tells us...

Lisa

Lisa, Ivan Ilych's daughter, is the first child he has with Praskovya Fedorovna and one of only...

Schwartz

Schwartz is all fun and games, literally. Along with Peter Ivanovich, Schwartz is another...

Fedor Vasilievich

Fedor Vasilievich is a colleague of Ivan's at the Court of Justice and, along with Peter...

Ivan Egorovich Shebek

Ivan Egorovich Shebek – usually just called "Shebek" – is yet another friend and...

Michael Danilovich

Michael Danilovich is Ivan's primary doctor. He comes to the house on a regular basis to make...

Fedor Petrovich

Though he might show up in the story more than some of the other characters, Fedor Petrovich...

Peter the Footman

Peter the footman is another one of Ivan's household servants. Once Ivan enters the serious stage...

The Celebrated Specialist

The celebrated specialist is called in one morning (about a month before Ivan's death) by...

Sokolov

Sokolov is Ivan Ilych's butler. This means that Gerasim is Sokolov's assistant. Unlike Gerasim or...

The Priest

We know nothing about the priest except that he is a priest. Praskovya Fedorovna sends for him...