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Nihilism In Turgenovs Fathers and Sons Turgenovs Fathers and Sons has several characters who hold strong views of the world Pavel believes that Russia needs structure from such things as institution religion and class hierarchy Madame Odintsov views the world as simple so long as she keeps it systematic and free from interference This essay will focus on perhaps the most interesting and complex character in Fathers and Sons Bazarov Vladimir Nabakov writes that Turgenov takes his creature B out of a self-imposed pattern and places him in the the normal world of chance By examining Bazarov this essay will make this statement more clear to the reader Using nihilism as a starting point we shall look at Bazarovs views and interpretations of science government and institution Next we will turn to the issue relationships Finally we examine Bazarovs death and the stunning truths it reveals These issues combined with the theme of nihilism will prove that chance or fate is a strong force which cannot easily be negated Nihilism as a concept is used throughout Fathers and Sons To gain a better understanding of the ideas behind this term lets look at what Bazarov says on the subject We base our conduct on what we recognize as useful the most useful thing wecan do is to repudiate - and so we repudiate 123 The base concept of nihilism is to deny or negate and as we learn later in the same paragraph to negate everything With this destruction of everything from science to art there is no building for nihilists as Bazarov says That is not our affair 126 Nihilists view the current structure of society as concerned with suchtrivialties as art and parliamentism while ignoring real life issues such as food freedom and equally Nihilists are aware of these social woes and hence mentally deny to recognize any of the present authority or institutions which only serve to perpetuate
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