Ivan Ilyich Golovin: Ilyich is
the main character and subject of the story.
Praskovya Federovna Golovina: The "short, fat" widow of Ivan Ilyich who (with their daughter)
cares very little for her husband and generally considers him a hassle and a nuisance.
Peter Ivanovich and Fedor Vasilievich: Tolstoy
describes these colleagues of Ivan Ilyich as his "nearest acquaintances," though they care more about
themselves than him.
: Gerasim is the butler's assistant, but he is best known for the genuine kindness he shows to his dying
son, like Gerasim, understands and accepts his father's fate.