Station Eleven

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Jeevan is the paparazzo turned paramedic who attempts to save Arthur’s life after his heart attack and who comforts Kirsten after Arthur dies. Jeevan receives a phone call informing him of the upcoming epidemic from his friend Hua, and he decides to buy supplies and try to survive with his brother Frank. Over the course of the novel, Jeevan changes from a paparazzo to an entertainment journalist, to an EMT trainee, and finally to the role of a doctor in the post-collapse world. He at first believes that work should be difficult and painful, almost like an everyday battle, but Jeevan eventually comes to see that he wants to do something he believes is valuable and helpful to other people.

Jeevan Chaudhary Quotes in Station Eleven

The Station Eleven quotes below are all either spoken by Jeevan Chaudhary or refer to Jeevan Chaudhary . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Vintage edition of Station Eleven published in 2015.
Chapter 30 Quotes

On silent afternoons in his brother's apartment, Jeevan found himself thinking about how human the city is, how human everything is. We bemoaned the impersonality of the modern world, but that was a lie, it seemed to him; it had never been impersonal at all. There had always been a massive delicate infrastructure of people, all of them working unnoticed around us, and when people stop going to work, the entire operation grinds to a halt.

Related Characters: Jeevan Chaudhary , Frank Chaudhary
Related Symbols: Airplanes
Page Number: 178
Explanation and Analysis:

While locked up in Frank’s apartment to survive the Georgia Flu and the collapse of civilization, Jeevan reflects on the very civilization that is falling, and how essentially human it is. A common complaint about the modern world, he thinks, is that it is impersonal, that for all of our interconnected technologies, humans are in general disconnected from one another. As the world collapses, Jeevan believes that this is a lie, since there has always been a huge infrastructure of people, all working unnoticed, responsible for the operation of modernity. Without humans going to work, everything, including transportation, medicine, electricity, energy, the whole grid of modernity fails. In this way, civilization is not what makes us human. Instead, it is humanity that continuously powers and operates civilization. The collapse of civilization doesn’t necessarily cause deaths—in fact, it is just the opposite.

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“Well, we'll just stay here till the lights come back on or the Red Cross shows up or whatever."

“What makes you think the lights will come back on?" Frank asked without looking up. Jeevan started to reply, but words failed him.

Related Characters: Jeevan Chaudhary , Frank Chaudhary
Page Number: 179
Explanation and Analysis:

This exchange takes place in Frank’s apartment, while Frank and Jeevan are trying to wait out the Georgia Flu and the collapse of civilization. The two are discussing what their long-term plan should be. Jeevan speaks first here, saying that they should wait in Frank’s apartment until the Red Cross or someone comes to help them. In these early days after the collapse, Jeevan fantasizes about being rescued, trying to retain hope that civilization will survive and somehow be rebuilt. But Frank seems to take a more pessimistic (and realistic) view of the situation: civilization has been changed forever. The lights just aren’t going to come back on. They will have to adapt to survive, and eventually leave the apartment.

Chapter 34 Quotes

I’ve been thinking about immortality lately. … They're all immortal to me. First we only want to be seen, but once we're seen, that’s not enough anymore. After that, we want to be remembered.

Related Characters: Jeevan Chaudhary , Frank Chaudhary
Related Symbols: Books
Page Number: 187
Explanation and Analysis:

These lines are from the book that Frank is ghostwriting about a philanthropist. While bored in the apartment, Jeevan asks his brother to read a segment of his work, and Frank reads the pages that include the quote. The lines are in contemplation of death, immortality, and memory, and later Jeevan will come to suspect that they are Frank’s own thoughts as opposed to the philanthropist’s. Frank has been thinking about immortality, and says people who have done great things are immortal to him. People want to be recognized, he says, but, more importantly, they want to be remembered. Such an idea is significant given the billions of people dead or dying during the time that Frank writes this quote. It is also important given Frank’s ultimate decision to sacrifice himself and commit suicide to increase Jeevan’s chances of survival.

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Jeevan Chaudhary Character Timeline in Station Eleven

The timeline below shows where the character Jeevan Chaudhary appears in Station Eleven. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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...his line and clutches his chest; he is having a heart attack. In the audience, Jeevan, a man who is training to be a paramedic, notices what is happening and rushes... (full context)
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A cardiologist from the audience takes over for Jeevan while they wait for an ambulance to arrive. When the medics attempt (and fail) to... (full context)
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After finding Tanya, Jeevan looks for his own girlfriend Laura in the lobby. He is unable to locate her,... (full context)
Chapter 3
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Jeevan walks in the park reflecting on his career, his brother Frank, and his strange interaction... (full context)
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Jeevan walks a little more, before receiving another phone call from Hua. This time the doctor... (full context)
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Jeevan decides to go to his brother Frank’s apartment, since getting out of the city wth... (full context)
Chapter 15
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...a cigarette. The man agrees not to take her photo and says his name is Jeevan. He gives her a cigarette and asks why Elizabeth Colton’s car is still in the... (full context)
Chapter 27
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Seven years before the collapse, Jeevan Chaudhary books an interview with Arthur Leander. Jeevan worked previously as a paparazzo, but has... (full context)
Chapter 28
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On his brother Frank’s sofa in Toronto after the Flu, Jeevan tries to remember what happened after Arthur told him about leaving Elizabeth Colton. Jeevan entertains... (full context)
Chapter 29
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Jeevan remembers keeping his word and waiting a full twenty-four hours before telling anyone about Arthur’s... (full context)
Chapter 30
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Frank yells at Jeevan to stop singing “It’s the end of the world as we know it.” The two... (full context)
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Jeevan uses Frank’s telescope to note that the gridlock of cars on the highway is absolute,... (full context)
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...go on, Frank puts his energy into his project to distract himself from the situation. Jeevan often contemplates how human the city is, and how so many facets of modernity rely... (full context)
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...reflects that living cooped up like this is similar to the tree house he and Jeevan had as children. Jeevan says that they can wait out the situation for a while.... (full context)
Chapter 32
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On Day Forty-Seven, Jeevan sees smoke rising in the distance. Sometimes he hears gunshots at night. The stench of... (full context)
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They hadn’t heard anyone in the apartment building for over a week, so Jeevan decides to risk venturing out of the apartment. Up on the roof, he feels exposed... (full context)
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...says that he thinks there is only survival in whatever is left of the world. Jeevan says he can’t just leave Frank, but Frank tells his brother, “I’ll leave first,” and... (full context)
Chapter 33
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...the second-to-last edition of the New York Times. François has it, but the CPR man (Jeevan) is unnamed in the publication. Kirsten continues the story of that evening, saying that the... (full context)
Chapter 34
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Back in Year One in Toronto, on Day Fifty-Eight, Frank reads Jeevan something he has been working on over the past months. Frank has been ghostwriting a... (full context)
Chapter 36
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Now outside, Jeevan decides to follow the lake and head south. It’s implied that Frank killed himself; Jeevan... (full context)
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Jeevan finds it difficult not to think of Frank, both of the image of him on... (full context)
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At first Jeevan is terrified of being robbed or abused in a lawless world, but he soon realizes... (full context)
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On his journey Jeevan remembers a conversation with Frank over two months ago, about how in disaster movies there... (full context)
Chapter 46
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That same night in the summer of Year Fifteen, Jeevan is drinking wine by a river in what was once a part of the state... (full context)
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On the riverbank, Jeevan, Daria, and Michael discuss McKinley’s school and whether or not they should tell children how... (full context)
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During this conversation, Jeevan is not paying attention. Instead, he tries to relax and forget the stress of the... (full context)
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Jeevan hasn’t seen a gunshot wound in a while, since most ammunition is gone and is... (full context)
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After he has cleaned up, Jeevan gets to work sterilizing the needle he used. He smokes his pipe, thinking about the... (full context)
Chapter 52
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...smile in his infirmary bed (in baggage claim). A thousand miles south of the airport, Jeevan is breaking bread with his son Frank and his wife Daria. Back in the north,... (full context)