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Love in Turgenevs novella First Love is treated like some brief summer whirlwind or storm that sweeps through his people and transforms them Vladimirs love for Zinaida triggers such a transformation changing him from a nave idealistic young boy to a man The story of his first love is one that haunts Vladimir into his old age and telling his story acts as a reconciliation with his past and the pain he felt when his first love betrayed himTurgenev uses this novella to tell readers his feelings about love in general but especially first love and love at first sight He treats the subject of love with somewhat of a condescending manner Presented only with the evidence from this book it may be correct to say that Turgenev believes that first love is not only paltry but that it is not true love Turgenevs hero Vladimir is so young and idealistic and nave that from the beginning the reader is able to see through him and in the same way see through his love In portraying such a flighty and coquette heroine Turgenev is also suggesting the falseness of this love affair Even more so than Vladimir Zinaida is a transparent character with only one aspect that is mentioned at all in depth her looks It is incredible that Vladimir has such passionate feelings for a woman that he barely knows This exaggeration of Vladimirs emotions as well as the transparency of his characters blatantly states Turgenevs disregard for first loveYoung Vladimirs character is comparable to that of Lenskys in Pushkins Eugene Onegin Both are nave young boys who are very idealistic and full of romantic ideology Both have led a sheltered life and have had the freedom to let their ideals run wild and coalesce into the idyllic illusory picture of humanity and of the world that they inhabit Both are dreamers and are hopeless romantics whose books are filled with poetry and hearts
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