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The Portrayal of Women in The Lady With the Dog by Anton Chekov
Portrayal of Women Sometimes, love is involuntary and even more often, people are made victims of it. It goes beyond their control; regardless of the time, place or circumstances, two individuals fall in love with each other. Throughout Anton Chekov’s “The Lady with the Dog,” the audience is clearly able to identify that...
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The Disastrous Results of Alcoholism in Doctor Zhivago, a Novel by Boris Pasternak
Doctor Zhivago is a 20th century novel written by Boris Pasternak.
The novel is named after the protagonist, Yury Zhivago, who becomes a
medical officer in the army as the novel progresses. It is one of the best
known political novels of the 20th century, and was also made into a film
in 1965. After reading the plot of Doct...
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A Five Parts Study of Crime and Punishment in The Five Acts of Crime and Punishment, a Book by K. Mochulsky
The Five Acts of Crime and Punishment, by K. Mochulsky is a study of the novel, broken up into five parts. It begins with the “prologue,” which is the section of the book where Raskolnikov prepares and executes the murder. Raskolnikov is shrouded in mystery; we do not know at first what this “venture” that he speaks abo...
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The Psychological Element in The Death of Ivan Ilych, a Novella by Leo Tolstoy
The Death of Ivan Ilych In The Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo Tolstoy there is a great amount of psychology as an integral part of the story. This is also true for the other stories we have been reading, and seems to be a common theme among Russian literature in the eighteenth century. In this particular story the psychologi...
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A Biography of Dmitri Shostakovich, a Russian Composer and Pianist
Dmitri Shostakovich was a Russian (Soviet, during his time) composer and pianist. He lived through many historical tragedies, underwent much wear-and-tear from the music critics of his time, and ultimately became a highly respected musician of the 20th century. His works include two cello concertos, two jazz suites, fifteen...
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What Does It Mean to Be Russian?
What is Russian? When someone states “I am American,” there is ambiguity, because being American is defined as such. There is a (for the most, and idealistic, part) nation-wide idea that Americans embrace their differences, whether it be religion, race, class, tradition, etc., because the diversity is part of being and livi...
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The Temptation of Pakhom in How Much Land Does a Man Need, a Short Story by Leo Tolstoy
Leo Tolstoy Leo Tolstoy, a Russian writer, wrote a short story called “How Much Land Does a Man Need” later in his life. The short story is an allegory that was published in 1886. Pakhom, who is a land-hungry peasant, stands for unrestrained greed for land. Tolstoy believed that private ownership of land was wrong and e...
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A Description of Fate in Crime and Punishment, a Novel by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Fate seems to be something recognized in many aspects of the lives of humans. People in love will often claim that fate brought them together, as well as claiming its significance in finances and other social commodities. In Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoevsky exposes fate as several things: a deception, a crutch, an ex...
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The Underground Man in Notes From the Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Underground Man Notes from the Underground, by Fyodor Dostoevsky is a first person, fiction story. Dostoevsky writes completely in first person, inside of a forty-year-old Russian man, whose name we don’t know. Throughout the novella the Underground Man, rants to the audience about his life and his opinions. He shares with...
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The Use of Diction and Action in Revealing Pavlo as a Leader in the Novella One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
The use of diction and action in revealing the minor character Pavlo as a leader Alexander Solzhenitsyn's novella One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich details an ordinary day in the life of Shukov, a prisoner in a Soviet Union labor camp set in the Cold War era. Although Shukov is the main character, the leadership posit...
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An Analysis of the Characters and Their Method of Survival In "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich"
Depending on situations, one must decide to either conform to others’ ideas or develop his own opinions on how to deal with that situation. Most of us choose to go with the flow and conform. Occasionally, however, one person won’t agree with the common idea and relies on his own opinion. Now, consider a situation in which l...
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An Analysis of Morality in the Death of Ivan Ilyich, a Novella by Leo Tolstoy
Human Morality’s Presence Through Ivan Ilych's Death Leo Tolstoy eloquently weaves together the lackluster life tale of a dying man who lived for vanity in “The Death of Ivan Ilyich”. Tolstoy bluntly portrays the agonizing awareness of death growing within Ilyich, while Ilyich is recognizing his own mortality and lack of...
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A Response of Chapter Two of An Actor Prepares, a Book by Constantin Stanislavski
Response to An Actor Prepares In second chapter, titled “When Acting is Art”, of Stanislavski’s An Actor Prepares, Stanislavski quotes his director Tortsov: “‘We are supposed to create under inspiration; only our subconscious gives us inspiration; yet we apparently can use this subconscious only through our consciousness...
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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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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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A Comprehensive Analysis of the Nose, a Short Story by Nikolai Gogol
The Nose, A funny short story written by Nikolai Gogol. This story was very
random/abstract-Farce ( a drama with light humorous content that can have
ridiculous and absurd characters,plot, and actions) , a nose leaving his
stuck up owners body. The Nose can have many different meanings and leave
different impressions. I enj...
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An Analysis of Symbolism in the Master and Margarita, a Novel by Mikhail Bulgakov
Symbolism in Books Though symbols can often be overlooked, without them they would be detrimental to a books success. For many authors a successful book is hard to come by and not everyone can create one, especially when their country bans the author’s book. Mikial Bulgakov is a Russian author, who was born in 1891 into t...
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The Lives of Dmitri and Anna in the Lady with the Little Dog by Anton Chekhov
The Lives of Dmitri and Anna In the story “The Lady with the Little Dog” written by Anton Chekhov, the two main characters, Dmitri Gurov and Anna Sergeyevna, find themselves in a bit of a sticky situation. The two are in love, but they are both already married and Dmitri has a family. Dmitri is an aging man who has becom...
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