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Whisper of ChangeAt first glance of Nikolay Gogols novel The Overcoat one would only see a shortstory about a poor man wishing to survive in a cruel world However in looking furtherinto the story deep symbolism can be found Gogol lived in Russia during the rise of thecommunist party and was a great dissident of communism He believed the inevitable endof a communist government was total failure He also criticized the other government ofthe world for failing to aid Russia in its quest for a better system Gogol used his creativemind and his writing abilities to speak out against the evils of the Russian government Heused symbolism to prove his points and often risked exile by his own government forexpressing such radical views Many different objects in The Overcoat can be mirroredwith the objects of true life Everything from Akaky Akakyevitchs coat to hisadministrator is used by Gogol to symbolize the situation of Russia during Gogols timeIn truth the Russian government was against the free-thinking man and so was againstGogol Akaky himself is used as a symbol of the Russian people The communists wereagainst any sort of free-thinking and respected any man who performed his duties withoutquestion Akaky is described in the story as being a quiet hard-working man He keepsmostly to himself having very little to do with the outside world His entire life centersaround his profession Akakys life changes only after he buys his new overcoat Theovercoats in the story symbolize different governments Akakys original dressingjacket is the Russian government in power before communism took over Thegovernment like the overcoat once served its purpose but is now worn thin and needs areplacement The original color of the coat cannot even be seen anymore Each time atear appears in the coat it is patched and forgotten but the coat eventually cannot bepatched any longer Akaky is extremely hesitant in buying a new coat claiming it wouldbe too expensive This compares to the hesitation of
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