Study Guide

The Idiot Characters

By Fyodor Dostoevsky

Prince Lev Nikolaevich Myshkin

An epileptic young man—an example of a perfectly good person. Myshkin travels from a Swiss...

Nastasya Philipovna Barashkov

After spending her youth as the mostly unwilling mistress of a rich aristocrat, Nastasya chafes...

Aglaya Ivanovna Epanchin

The most beautiful daughter of a high-society family, Aglaya is spoiled, intelligent, and unhappy...

Parfyon Semyonovich Rogozhin

A somewhat mysterious, but clearly violent and unstable young man, Rogozhin wants desperately to...

Gavril Ardalyonovich Ivolgin (Ganya)

Ganya is an overly vain and ambitious functionary in General Epanchin's office. After a failed...

Nikolai Ardalyonovich Ivolgin (Kolya)

Despite being much younger, Ganya's younger brother Kolya turns into Myshkin's BFF because he is...

Ippolit Terentyev

While dying of tuberculosis, Ippolit first tries to extort money from and then comes to live with...

Varvara Ardalyonovna Ivolgin (Varya)

Ganya's younger sister Varya tries to help her brother marry Aglaya, and then ends up marrying...

Lukian Timofyevich Lebedev

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General Ardalyon Ivolgin

A completely delusional drunk, General Ivolgin is the embarrassing, unacceptable dad of Ganya,...

Lizaveta Prokofyevna Epanchin

The doting and concerned mother of the three Epanchin sisters, Mrs. Epanchin worries both about...

General Ivan Fyodorovich Epanchin

Father to the Epanchin girls, General Epanchin is a loving father who mostly just goes along to...

Afanassy Ivanovich Totsky

An aristocrat who raised and kept Nastasya as a mistress, Totsky now wants to marry her off to...

Evgeny Pavlovich Radomsky

As Myshkin's competitor for Aglaya's hand in marriage, Radomsky is a far more socially...

Ivan Petrovitch Ptitsyn

A moneylender with a head for business, Ptitsyn marries Varya Ivolgin and supports the Ivolgin...