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Written by Julia Wolf
Yuri (Yura) Andreevich Zhivago
Yuri (Yura) Andreevich Zhivago – a doctor and a poet, is the main character of the novel. Yuri is the son of Andrei Zhivago, a profligate, and Maria Nikolaievna Zhivago. The soul of Yuri is receptive to goodness, harmony, beauty, and, at the same time, he sensitively reacts to historical events. Creatively gifted hero of the novel seeks to pursue his own business - healing not only human bodies, but also hearts. His view by force of circumstances becomes a measure and a tragic assessment of circumstances. Yuri's poems are support and confirmation of hopes and belief in the long-awaited enlightenment and liberation of the individual. He finds spiritual freedom and liberation from the tortuous earthly contradictions in the feeling of love for Lara.
Antonina Aleksandrovna Zhivago
Antonina Aleksandrovna Zhivago (Gromeko) is a lawyer, the wife of Yuri Antonina Alexandrovna Gromeko (Tonia). She is the daughter of Alexander Alexandrovich Gromeko, a professor of chemistry, and his wife, Anna Ivanovna, whose father was the landowner and ironmaster Ivan Ernestovich Krueger. As young people, Yurii Andreievich Zhivago and Misha Gordon, son of a lawyer, live with the Gromekos.
Larisa Feodorovna Guishar
Larisa Feodorovna Guishar (Lara) is the daughter of a Russianized, widowed Frenchwoman, Amalia Karlovna Guishar. Lara is the sister of mercy, wife of Antipov
Pavel Pavlovich Antipov
Pavel (Pasha) Pavlovich Antipov (Strelnikov) is Lara's husband, revolutionary commissar, he is the son of a railway worker, Pavel Ferapontovich Antipov. After his father's exile to Siberia, he lives with the Tiverzins (Kuprian)
Victor Ippolitovich Komarovsky
Victor Ippolitovich Komarovsky was Andrei Zhivago's lawyer and is Madame Guishar's lover and adviser.
Nikolai Nikolaievich Vedeniapin
Nikolai Nikolaievich Vedeniapin (Uncle Kolia) is Yuri’s maternal uncle.
Evgraf Andreievich Zhivago
Evgraf Andreievich Zhivago, a Major-General, is Yuri's half-brother.
Alexander Alexandrovich Gromeko
Alexander Alexandrovich Gromeko is professor-agronomist, Antonina's father.
Anna Ivanovna Gromeko
Anna Ivanovna Gromeko is the mother of Antonina
Katenka Antipova is a daughter of Larissa and Pavel Antipov.
Mikhail Gordon is a philologist, a classmate at the gymnasium and Zhivago's best friend
Liverius Averkievich Mikulitsyn
Liverius Averkievich Mikulitsyn (Comrade Forest) - leader of the "Forest Brothers"
Marina is the third, not registered, wife of Yuri
Shura Schlesinger is Antonina Alexandrovna's friend, attorney
Marfa Gavrilovna Tiverzina
Marfa Gavrilovna Tiverzina is a mother of Kipriyan Savelevich Tiversin
Sofya Malakhova is a friend of Saveliy
Rodion is Lara's brother
Sasha Zhivago is a son of Jura and Tony
Emma Ernestovna is a housekeeper, she runs the farm Komarovsky
Konstantin Illarionovich Satanidi
Konstantin Illarionovich Satanidi is an actor and gambler
Rufina Onisimovna Voyt-Voytkovskaya
Rufina Onisimovna Voyt-Voytkovskaya is the landlord of Lara, a lawyer, the wife of a political exile
Lyudmila Kapitonovna Chepurko
Lyudmila Kapitonovna Chepurko is a mother of Tusi Chepurko, was preparing Lara's wedding with Pasha, "a good singer and a terrible inventor"
Lavrenty Mikhailovich Kologrivov
Lavrenty Mikhailovich Kologrivov has attached Lara to the educator of his daughter
Savelievich and his mother, (Marfa Gavrilovna), another revolutionary family of railway workers.
Osip Gimazetdinovich Galiullin
Osip Gimazetdinovich Galiullin (Yusupka), son of Gimazetdin, the janitor at the Tiverzins ' tenement; he is a Moslem.
Innokentii Dudorov (Nika), son of Dementii Dudorov, a revolutionary terrorist, and a Georgian princess.
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I think Yury takes pity on Pasha. He knows neither will probably see each other again so he tells him that Lara loved him. This gives Pasha a sense of happiness. It is Pasha's gift from Yury before he (Pasha) takes his own life.
The main theme in Dr. Zhivago is impossible love. I wouldn't cite illness as a theme, but if you find a connection I'd use it. We all read and discover different things in literature. That's why great literature survives.
When Yuri meets Laura in a hospital under very stressful conditions, he is waiting for word on his baby and wife (I think). finally sees Lara Anna's funeral which bring back bad memories. This is why he isn't so warm to the young nurse.