The Overcoat

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The Assistant Head Clerk Character Analysis

An official in Akaky Akakievich’s office. The assistant head clerk is higher ranked and wealthier than Akaky is, but he offers to throw a party partly to celebrate Akaky’s new overcoat. The assistant head clerk lives in a wealthy district far from Akaky’s home, and Akaky’s overcoat is stolen on his way home from the party.
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The Assistant Head Clerk Character Timeline in The Overcoat

The timeline below shows where the character The Assistant Head Clerk appears in The Overcoat. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
The Overcoat
Bureaucracy and Selfhood Theme Icon
The Insignificance of the Everyman Theme Icon
Materialism, Material Goods, and Art  Theme Icon
Social Status and Fate Theme Icon
...must host an evening party. Akaky is extremely embarrassed until a higher-ranking civil servant, an assistant head clerk , offers to host the party instead, and invites everyone to tea that night. The... (full context)
Bureaucracy and Selfhood Theme Icon
The Insignificance of the Everyman Theme Icon
Materialism, Material Goods, and Art  Theme Icon
Social Status and Fate Theme Icon
Akaky reaches the assistant head clerk ’s apartment and hangs up his overcoat. He enters the main room and is greeted... (full context)