Ostrovsky's "The Storm": The Tragic Triumph of Savagery over Purity
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From the Paper:"This essay offers a novel interpretation of Alexander Ostrovsky's play The Storm, based on an analysis of the significance of the meanings of the names that Ostrovsky chose to give his characters. After reviewing some of the critical reaction to the play from Ostrovsky's contemporaries and subsequent commentators, the essay proceeds to argue the case that the names of the characters play a vital role in interpreting the meaning and significance of the play. The essay is divided into three major sections: (1) The Significance of the Names of the Characters; (2) The Significance of the Personalities of the Characters; and (3) The Meaning of the Play. The analysis reveals that Ostrovsky sets up a tension in the play between the savagery of the dominant forces in Russian society and the purity of heart and the purity of purpose of its weaker, less powerful members, a tension that is imaged in the storm and is resolved in favour of the savage elements. Katerina's tragic suicide at the end of the play has no effect on the social order, for nothing is changed by it, and life goes on in the fictitious town much as it has done before. No lessons are learned from the tragedy. The essay concludes that the play is ultimately profoundly pessimistic and offers little hope that things will ever change."
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