A Critical Appreciation of Turgenev's "Bezhin Meadow" Analytical Essay

A Critical Appreciation of Turgenev's "Bezhin Meadow"
A summary and critical review of Ivan Turgenev's "Bezhin Meadow".
# 153873 | 3,143 words | 16 sources | MLA | 2014 | CA
Published by on May 26, 2014 in Literature (Russian)

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This paper presents an in-depth analysis of Ivan Turgenev's short story "Bezhin Meadown". The paper first notes that the story is part of a larger work of short stories that focus on the peasantry in Russia prior to the years of the emancipation of the serfs. The paper then proceeds to analyze in detail the theme, plot, style, tone, and characteres in the story and then concludes that "Bezhin Meadow" is an unusual work that captures a moment in time and that still speaks to us today.

From the Paper:

"This writing process is clearly seen in "Bezhin Meadow." As mentioned earlier, Turgenev's theme here is superstition. He starts with this idea and creates characters that will illustrate the issues related to this theme. He comes up with five young peasant boys who sit around a campfire at night exchanging "ghost stories" and talking about the supernatural elements in their lives and the lives of the people in their village. To frame this idea, he uses the device of a hunter coming home from a day of hunting and losing his way in the woods as night falls. The hunter accidentally comes to the place where the boys are sitting around the campfire and overhears their conversation and reports it to the reader. The night passes slowly, and when morning comes, the hunter finds his way home. This device allows Turgenev to create the contrasts he wants to create: the beauty of the July day and the landscape contrasted with the dark and terror-filled night, full of strange sounds and mysterious movements. These contrasts are part of the "plot" of "Bezhin Meadow," for they highlight the contrast between the lives of the nobility and the peasants."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Atheneum. "Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev (1818-83)." The World-Wide Web. http://www.gened.arizona.edu/atheneum/
  • Books and Writers. "Ivan Turgenev (1818-1883)." The World-Wide Web. http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi
  • Britannica DVD 2001. "James, Henry."
  • Britannica DVD 2001. "Turgenev, Ivan Sergeyevich: Sketches of Rural Life."
  • Brown, Catherine. "Henry James and Ivan Turgenev: Cosmopolitanism and Croquet." Literary Imagination 15.1 (2013): 109-123. Print.

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