Study Guide

Tevye the Dairyman Characters

By Sholem Aleichem

Tevye

Tevye is our narrator. He's funny ("We have here a new philosopher, fresh from the oven!"...

Tzeitl & Motl

Tevye's oldest daughter sets the example for the rest of her sisters by rejecting a wealthy but...

Hodl & Perchik

Next up is Hodl, who sees Tzeitl's little rebellion and raises it. She rejects an arranged match...

Chava & Chvedka

Chava is the third to go—and boy, does she go. She ups the stakes—really, she pulls...

Shprintze & Ahronchik

Poor Shprintze. Talk about falling in love with the wrong guy. At least one thing about an...

Beilke & Podhotsur

We're down to the last daughter, and she's a smart girl, because she's learned from example. No...

Golde

Golde is the perfect yin to Tevye's yang. He is given to flights of fancy, to quoting at length...

Ivan Poperilo

What's really scary about Ivan, the Gentile village mayor, is that he manages to be both a...

Menachem-Mendl

Okay, this guy is pretty much just a straight-up comic figure. He is as stereotypical a...

Lazer-Wolf

Lazer-Wolf is pretty much just here for comic relief. He is so old, low-class, and grubby that he...