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Darkness At Noon In the novel Darkness at Noon by Koestler Rubashov learns about himself and makes an effort to cross the hazy lines between his conscience and his beliefs Rubashovs realization of the individual aspect of morality is a gradual process satisfying his internal arguments and questions of guilt His confession to Gletkin reflects the logic that Rubashov had used both by himself and his political regime as well as his internal conflicts He questioned the inferior value of the human in respect to the priceless value of humanity Rubashovs ideas on communism he found were blurred by his dedication to the Soviet revolutionaries and ordeal that compromised his life to solve In many ways Rubashov was an antagonist to himself One way Rubashov defeated his goal was by giving in to suit others The Party denied the free will of the individual - and at the same time it exacted his willing self-sacrifice There was somewhere an error in the calculation the equation did not work out204 Rubashovs confession implies a submission of his personal ego to a larger purpose and he questions himself as to whether it is worth it His ideals were not his own but rather the ideals that the communist revolutionaries forced him to have Rubashov was a man who thinks extremely logical in every situation he follows every idea down to its final consequence80 He is an elite intellectual but even as Ivanov and Gletkin question his line of thinking Rubashov constantly asks himself the same questions He justifies his rational by reminding himself that he is working for a more perfect society no matter what the cost As stated in the first partition of his confession he heard only those being sacrificed and forgot or ignored why they were being sacrificed Rubashovs selfishness also led to his demise He from the beginning realized that he has made an error in his judgment however he listens to Ivanovs
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