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A Literary Analysis of the Short Story Bezhin Lea by Ivan Turgenev
Bezhin Lea In his Bezhin Lea, Turgenev offers the allegorical narrative of a man and the world he discovers. Yet, what he finds is unbearably unfamiliar to the life he has come to know. However, it would be quite inappropriate to analyze the story as it stands on account of the harsh censorship applied to literature of t...
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The Portrayal of the Reality of the Gulag in the Novel One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Zeks, It’s Cold Outside Solzhenitsyn pens a thorough depiction of time spent in a gulag in his One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. Rendering images of the gulag, he tediously illustrates minute detail in an average day for Ivan Shukhov. Having served his own time in a gulag, Solzhenitsyn asserts autobiographical sentim...
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The Depressing Town in the Play Seagull by Anton Chekhov
Seagull: Unhappy People in an Unhappy Town The play Seagull, written by Anton Chekhov, and adapted by Libby Appel presents a dreary and melancholy play that is glazed over by moments of dark humor that simultaneously make us sad for the characters and entertained. It glosses over the darker moments and emphasizes them with...
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Equality's Individualistic Society in Anthem, a Dystopian Fiction Novella by Ayn Rand
Anthem: Equality's Individualistic Society The American Dream is a set of ideals suggesting success and
prosperity through hard work. This is applicable to the end of Anthem, when
Equality, in the face of near impossible odds, strives to create a new,
individualistic society free from the collective thought of his old...
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A Comprehensive Analysis of the Cherry Orchard, a Play by Anton Chekhov
Changes, no matter how small or how large affect all walks of life. Whether it is personal or in a broader spectrum within a country’s government, change is inevitable. Written in 1904 and read by all generation, Anton Chekov's The Cherry Orchard demonstrates how one change can affect an entire society. A once proud wealthy...
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The Theme of Adultery in the Novel Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Adultery in Anna Karenina Conflicts between the sexes and classes have existed for thousands of years, ever since the first civilized society emerged. Women were jealous of how men could do anything wrong and society would find a way to justify their actions, whereas if females did something wrong, they were immediately...
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An Analysis of the Grand Inquisitor, a Poem in Fyodor Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov
Grand Inquisitor: Human Nature People refuse to believe in things they can’t see or don’t have evidence for, explaining the human nature today. We as humans have doubt about the idea of religion because of its failure to prove authenticity. The Grand Inquisitor aggressively expresses to Jesus that because Jesus has lost...
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The Literal and Allegorical Level of Alexander Solzhenitsyn's Novel One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
Soviet Russia has remained, since its inception and long after its downfall, one of the most inscrutable enigmas of modern history. Arguably one of the most secretive and dangerous states of the modern era, very little information went in or came out of Stalin’s totalitarian state. As a result, some of the most vivid and ey...
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The Demons of Marmeladov and Raskolnikov in Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment
Marmeladov: Raskolnikov’s Mirror In superstitions, a mirror is thought to be a reflection of one’s soul; this is why shattering a mirror was and still is considered bad luck. In Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky, the concept of the reflected soul is used as an important tool of foreshadowing. However, rather than u...
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The Examination of Leo Tolstoy's Life in His Novel Anna Karenina
Tolstoy Desperately Searching for a Solution In the mid 1870’s, Leo Tolstoy was experiencing an internal crisis that rocked the foundations of everything he believed in. He began to question the meaning of life; he was quickly approaching the idea that life had no significance. Tolstoy used his novel Anna Karenina to exami...
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