Music in "War and Peace" Analytical Essay

Music in "War and Peace"
An analysis of the role of music in Leo Tolstoy's "War and Peace".
# 61687 | 4,257 words | 0 sources | 2005 | US
Published on Oct 21, 2005 in Literature (Russian) , English (Analysis) , Literature (General)

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This paper considers the role that music plays for the characters of Tolstoy's "War and Peace". The paper examines the relationship between music and the major moments of epiphany experienced by the characters throughout the book. The paper considers and analyzes several passages from the book, and it particularly considers the major character of Natasha Rostov and her relationship with music throughout the novel.

From the Paper:

"Music plays a significant role for many of the characters in War and Peace. After all, the musical passages in the novel trigger many moments of epiphany for some of the main characters, particularly in the Rostov family. In fact, the contemplation of music along with that of nature (which includes the contemplation of one's own mortality as a subheading under the larger category of nature) account for nearly all the major epiphanies the characters of the novel experience. The profundity that occurs in the presence of music for the characters also relate to many of the major themes of the novel- such as the consideration of the nature of reality or perception, the nature of the individual within society, and the disparity between performance and naturalness as well as intimacy and artificiality."

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