The unnamed protagonist of the novella, who is introduced as “representative of the current generation.” He is sick, spiteful, self-contradictory, and pessimistic, and his rambling thoughts and monologues make up the majority of the novella… (read full character analysis)
In part one, the underground man tries to get into a bar fight, and he steps in an officer’s way. The officer, though, merely moves him aside without saying anything, practically ignoring him. The underground… (read full character analysis)
One of the underground man’s former schoolmates, an attractive and popular man whom the underground man particularly dislikes for his bragging and stories of romantic exploits. Simonov, Ferfichkin, and Trudolyubov throw Zverkov a… (read full character analysis)
One of the underground man’s former schoolmates, whose apartment he visits one night when he feels lonely. Simonov, Ferfichkin, and Trudolyubov are planning a going-away party for Zverkov, and the underground man invites… (read full character analysis)
A prostitute whom the underground man sleeps with after following Zverkov to a brothel. The underground man is disgusted with having had loveless sex with her and talks to her about her pathetic situation as… (read full character analysis)
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The underground man’s boss, from whom he borrows money multiple times.
One of the underground man’s former schoolmates, whom he sees at Simonov’s apartment and at Zverkov’s going-away party. The underground man says that Trudolyubov habitually treated him “as a nonentity.”