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It is the aim of this paper to bring forth an interpretation of the poor people as portrayed by three different examples of Russian literature The Diary of a Madman The Overcoat and Taman serve as the sources for any assumptions and conclusions drawn out in this paper All three of these works lead the reader to draw assumptions about the poor persons social status desires and weaknesses In Gogols short story The Diary of a Madman we are entranced by the diary entries of one man This man is a civil service clerk who is held in little regard in society He mentions several times how even people of lower positions then himself show him no respect Theyre always sprawled out in the entrance hall not even bothering to acknowledge my existence with a little nod Gogol p11 His superiors look down on him while no one is looking up at him One thing that is interesting is how this man copes with this fact Although we hear him many times acknowledge the fact that he is of low social standing and of his low funds he never fully accepts that this is his life For example when he is speaking to the Divisional Chief he says that this man must be jealous of him He states Wait my friend Ill go higher then you yet and God willing much much higher Then Ill be of good social position beyond your dreams p13 As his diary entries continue his rational thought begins to deteriorate He eventually believes that he is the new King of Spain as he finally confirms in his own mind the fact that his life was not supposed to be as low class as it was Its incredible to me that I could have imagined that I was a civil servant clerk p22 In another one of Gogols short stories The Overcoat we meet a new character by the name
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