Station Eleven Characters
The main characters in Station Eleven include Arthur Leander, Jeevan Chaudhary, and Kirsten Raymonde.
- Arthur Leander is a famous actor who dies onstage at the beginning of the novel and acts as a point of connection between the other central characters.
- Jeevan Chaudhary is a former paparazzo who tries to save Arthur’s life and, in the years following the Georgia Flu pandemic, becomes a small-town doctor.
- Kirsten Raymonde is an actress who worked with Arthur as a child. Twenty years after the pandemic, she is a member of the Traveling Symphony and cherishes the Dr. Eleven comics Arthur gave her.
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Arthur Leander, a famous actor from Delano Island off the coast of British Columbia, dies in the opening scene of the novel. Nevertheless, he remains present throughout as the point of connection between many of the other characters. Married and divorced three times, he has one child, Tyler, whom he adores. He is a close friend of Clark Thompson’s and was married to Miranda, who drew the Dr. Eleven comics, which he then passed on to Kirsten Raymonde, a child actress who worked with him on his final performance of King Lear. At the time of his death, Arthur is feeling dissatisfied with the way his career and life are going. His death of a heart attack onstage in Toronto presages the countless deaths that will follow as a result of the Georgia Flu.
Jeevan Chaudhary is in the audience on the night of Arthur's death and, when Arthur falls, comes onstage to try and save him, although he is unable to. He meets Kirsten on this occasion and waits with her until her minder, Tanya, appears. Jeevan is connected to Arthur in other ways: a former paparazzo, he photographed Arthur's wife, Miranda, and later interviewed Arthur.
After failing to save Arthur, Jeevan decides he wants to be a paramedic. In the early days of the pandemic, he shelters with his brother, Frank, before leaving Toronto and ultimately becoming a doctor in a small town in the United States.
Frank, Jeevan's brother and a writer, uses a wheelchair and euthanizes himself when he realizes he would only slow Jeevan down in his escape.
Tanya is a childminder on the set of King Lear and is also Arthur's most recent girlfriend. She gives Kirsten a paperweight that Kirsten carries ever afterward. The paperweight was once stolen from Arthur by Miranda, who later returned it.
Miranda is Arthur's first wife. She is from the same island as Arthur, and her mother is a family friend of his. They meet when Miranda is young, working in administration for a shipping company and stuck in a failing relationship. After she and Arthur marry, Miranda continues to work for the shipping company, but her real love is drawing, and she spends much of her time drawing the Dr. Eleven comics. Miranda and Arthur divorce when Arthur begins sleeping with his co-star, Elizabeth, but before his death, Miranda gives Arthur some privately printed copies of her comic books.
Miranda succumbs to the Georgia Flu in Malaysia in the early days of the collapse, but her work lives on.
Clark Thompson is Arthur's closest friend. After Arthur dies, he boards a plane to Toronto that is diverted to Severn City Airport. Here he remains for the next two decades, becoming the curator of the Museum of Civilization. Clark is still there when the Traveling Symphony arrives.
Elizabeth is Arthur's second wife and the mother of his child, Tyler. She is traveling to Toronto with her son to attend Arthur's funeral and is on the same flight as Clark. After the plane is diverted, she and Tyler live at Severn City Airport for two years before departing with a religious group.
Tyler Leander (The Prophet)
Tyler, Arthur's son, becomes extremely religious while at Severn City Airport...
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