Doctor Zhivago Characters

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Dr. Zhivago, also called Yura in his early life and Yuri later on, grows up during the time directly before World War I, the Russian revolution, and the Russian civil war. He selects medicine as his profession, being a member of the upper classes, even though his father had squandered away all the family wealth. Yuri also writes poetry and short books.

He sees Lara while still a schoolboy and she a sixteen-year-old, but does not realize his love for her until later on. Yuri marries Tonia, whom he meets at about ten years of age and grows up with under the same roof.

During World War I, Yuri serves as a field doctor for the Russian army. The Russian revolution and resulting civil war takes the nation out of the World War I struggle as the Red Army fights against the White Army. Yuri and...

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