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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...