The protagonist is a young man who becomes the most well-known doctor around he is rich and famous “Now you shall receive your godfather’s present. I will turn you into a famous physician. Whenever you are called to a sick person I will appear to you. If I stand at the sick person’s head, you may say with confidence that you can make him well again; then give him some of this herb, and he will recover.
The antagonist is death he is an old withered man in a black robe who treats everyone equal “I am Death, who makes everyone equal.”
The main character's biggest conflict is with Death. It is when his greed starts to take over and when he wants to marry the king's daughter "desiring revenge, he purposely made a mistake in relighting it, and the little piece fell down and went out."