The Overcoat

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The District Police Superintendent Character Analysis

Akaky Akakievich tries to get the District Police Superintendent to investigate the case of his stolen overcoat, but fails—indeed, the Superintendent treats Akaky more like a guilty suspect than the victim of a crime. It is implied that the Superintendent and his subordinate police officers only work on cases that will boost their reputation in the eyes of their superiors.
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The District Police Superintendent Character Timeline in The Overcoat

The timeline below shows where the character The District Police Superintendent 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
...in this state, and, upon hearing his story, tells him to go directly to the District Police Superintendent , as the local police officers will be sure to ignore or cheat him. The... (full context)
Bureaucracy and Selfhood Theme Icon
The Insignificance of the Everyman Theme Icon
Social Status and Fate Theme Icon
The next morning, Akaky goes to the Superintendent’s house, but is told that the Superintendent is asleep. Akaky returns at ten, but the... (full context)