Study Guide

Fathers and Sons Characters

By Ivan Turgenev

Yevgeny Vassilyich Bazarov

It's easy to bash Bazarov. He thinks he's better than everyone else. He's rude. He doesn't...

Arkady Nikolaevich Kirsanov

Arkady often speaks of how much Bazarov means to him, how much he has learned from Bazarov....

Anna Sergeyevna Odintsov

After sharing the ins and outs of Anna Sergeyevna's personal story, the narrator notes that...

Nikolai Petrovich Kirsanov

The novel opens with Nikolai's back-story as he waits for Arkady to return home from Petersburg....

Pavel Petrovich Kirsanov

From the first moment that we see Pavel Petrovich, we learn that he is a proud man. His very...

Katerina (Katya) Sergeyevna Odintsov

The interesting thing about Katya is that for much of the novel she is a blank face. She's more...

Vassily Ivanych Bazarov

There is perhaps no better description of Vassily Ivanych Bazarov than when he is presenting a...

Arina Vlassyevna Bazarov

Arina Vlassyevna is passionate about her love for her son. When she first sees him, she is so...

Fedosya (Fenichka) Nikolayevna

Perhaps the most important question to ask about Fenichka is whether or not she is a major or...

Victor Sitnikov

Arkady and Bazarov run into Sitnikov in town when they are visiting Matvei Ilyich Kolyazin....

Avdotya Nikitishna Kukshin

Madame Kukshin is a woman in town that Bazarov and Arkady meet through Bazarov's acquaintance,...

Matvei Ilyich Kolyazin

Matvei Ilyich Kolyazin is a successful relative of Arkady's, descended from his grandmother's...

Princess R.

Princess R. was Pavel Petrovich's enigmatic love interest, the woman for whom he ruined his...

Princess Avdotya Stepanova X

After Anna Sergeyevna and Katya were orphaned, Anna Sergeyevna had to find someone to look after...

General Kirsanov and Agafokleya Kuzminisha Kirsanov

General Kirsanov and Agafokleya Kuzminishna are the father and mother of Nikolai and Pavel...

Father Alexei

While Bazarov is visiting with Arkady, Vassily Ivanych invites Father Alexei to dinner. He is...

Piotr

Piotr is one of the Kirsanov's main servants. He is essentially free, as Nikolai Petrovich tells...

Mitya

Mitya is Fenichka and Nikolai Petrovich's son. At first, Nikolai tries to keep him a secret from...

Dunyasha

Dunyasha is a servant at the Kirsanov's house who functions as something of a maid to Fenichka....

Prokofyich

Prokofyich is one of the oldest servants at the Kirsanov's house. When everyone else gradually...

Porfiry Platonych

Porfiry Platonych is one of the Odintsov's neighbors. He comes over to play whist, and Bazarov is...

Anfisushka

Anfisushka is a servant at the Bazarov's estate with whom Arina Vlassyevna seems to have a close...

Tanya, Fedka, Fiodr, Timofeich

These are four of the servants on the Bazarov's estate. They function as little more than names...