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In his novel Fathers and Sons Turgenev introduces Romanticism to his readers through his character Nikolai Nihilism can be found in Arkady and Bazarov Throughout the novel disputes occur between romantic views and nihilist views but in the end Romanticism triumphs leaving Nihilism a thing of the past Nikolai remains a consistent character throughout the novel Romanticism lies within Nikolai and this is revealed through his sentimental values of his farm and the place where his son was born An indication of this is revealed when he says The air here How wonderful it is I do believe the air smells sweeter here than anywhere else in the world And the skies tooOf courseYou were born here so everything is bound to strike you with a special pg 80 But his son Arkady cuts him off saying But papa what difference does it make where a person is bornit makes absolutely no difference pg 80-81 indicating an anti-romantic view Though his words are astonishing and hurtful to Nikolai he maintains his pace The tension between Nikolai and Arkady is to a minimum when they first reunite but it increases later on as the story progresses Turgenev builds this contrast through Bazarov Still Nikolai is true to his values and modern ideas and questions why this Arkady and Bazarov reject what he who is more experienced holds valuable Nikolai meets Fenichka whom he grows fond of His character is brought more out into the open because of Fenichkas affect on him In the end Nikolai marries Fenichka and reunites with his son who experiences a transition This transition from nihilist to romantic occurred towards the end of the novel In the beginning Arkadys views reflected those of Bazarov a nihilist Arkadys viewpoints were that a man recognizes nothingwho respects nothingwho looks at everything criticallywho does not take any principle for granted however much that principle may be revered pg 94 This conflicting view with
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