The novel Station Eleven is dominated by six main characters who all connected to each other as well as the secondary characters.
Arthur Leander is the first character we are introduced to in the novel, a famous actor. He could be described as pretentious and self-absorbed. Throughout the novel he was married to three women and is often unfaithful to them. This could be caused by how self absorbed he is; he cares more about himself than the women he gets involved with. He is connected to almost all the characters in the book.
At the beginning of the novel she is a child actress with a non- speaking role in the production of King Lear starring Arthur Leander and after the pandemic she becomes a member of the Travelling Symphony. As a child she is timid, chatty and excited and as she matures she becomes a strong willed, fierce, and merciless young woman. Her connection to Arthur Leander is formed by a comic book he gives her before his death titled "Station Eleven." "Station Eleven" was written by Arthur's first wife Miranda. Kirsten is obsessed with finding other issues of the comic. Tattooed on her arm is the phrase "Because survival is insufficient."
A paparazzo and trained EMT, Jeevan is one of the few people who survived the Georgian Flu pandemic in Toronto. He tries to revive Arthur when he suffers a heart attack on stage and fails. After the pandemic he reinvents himself as a doctor in one of the few functioning communities that exist. This community which has electricity offers hope to those who can see its lights on the horizon.
The Prophet lives in St. Deborah by the Water, a ghost town near Lake Michigan. He is strongly religious because of events that occurred in his past. It is said that he holds funerals and digs graves to shun those who leave his town. Sometimes he responds more violently. He is also known to read plague verses from the Bible to the dead. He forces all young girls and women that he encounters to become his wives. He believes that God ensured he survived the pandemic in order to repopulate the world. He, like all of the other characters, has a hidden connection to Arthur Leander.
Arthur's first ex-wife Miranda was a shipping adviser who traveled the world. More importantly, she wrote and illustrated the comic series titled "Station Eleven" that she gave to Arthur who in turn gave it to Kirsten. "Station Eleven" is about people who inhabit a space station after the destruction of Earth. Dr. Eleven, the protagonist, is an action hero who misses Earth dearly but considers the space station a second chance at life.
Arthur's second ex-wife and the mother of his only child, Elizabeth is very religious. She is very absorbed in her faith and constantly carries around her Bible after the pandemic. She believes everything happens for a reason and taught her son this same beliefs. She is very emotional and self absorbed which matched her well with Arthur.