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Parts of the Whole Women in A Hero of our Time as Missing Pieces of Pechorin Lermontovs Pechorin is the prototypical modern anti-hero He is the hero of destruction wreaking havoc in his path A relationship with Pechorin is akin to a death sentence He brings women nothing but pain and loss He is almost obsessive in his conquests of women Women fascinate him he is repulsed feels superior to them and yet he feels that he must dominate them He is not capable of an extended relationship for the same reason that he cannot find a passion or career in life Suffering from chronic ennui he gets used to 40 everything in life His restless heart 40 simply gets bored with anything and everything He is a black hole He sucks everything and everyone around him into his vacuum taking everything they give until they are sucked dry Nothing satisfies him The void inside him can be temporarily sated by pursuing a woman who he will love until he has captured her and then cast her aside A self-proclaimed moral cripple 127 he lacks many of the essential qualities that make up a whole person The three main women characters that we meet in A Hero of Our Time are three essential parts of his soul that are missing Mary Vera and Bela represent the key spiritual virtues of hope faith and love that Pechorin does not possess In a twisted attempt to atone for his weakness he conquers and destroys these women in an attempt to prove his superiority He tries to assert that he does not need these qualities to survive He is manipulative in his methods and ruthless in his destruction Pechorin destroys the innocent dreams of love that Princess Mary once held He disillusions her and breaks her heart without a qualm Mary represents hope and innocence She represents the young Russian high society Her generation is the
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