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This paper examines three heroic characters - Pechorin from Lermontov's "A Hero of Our Time," Onegin from Pushkin's "Eugene Onegin," and the Demon from Lermontov's "The Demon." The paper asserts that a close examination of these works reveals the similarities among Pechorin, the Demon, and Onegin and how each character embodies the qualities of the romantic hero. The paper states that these three characters all have dual personalities; one side is evil and careless, while the other side is closer to nature and expresses human emotion. The paper asserts that each character is also both cynical and sensitive; each temperament is very contradictory. The paper concludes by noting that, throughout each literary work, Pechorin, Onegin, and the Demon come to the realization that they are self-destructive and the emptiness they feel in their lives forces them to act upon experiences and pleasures that soon lead to the downfall of the people they keep closest to them.
From the Paper:"Pechorin's evidently crushed spirit toward the end of the novel suggests that he is not the detached character that he makes himself out to be. It shows that he truly suffers from his actions. Over time, Pechorin grows dissatisfied with his life as each of his impulsive actions lead him through more emotional suffering which he represses from the view of others."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Lermontov, Mikhail. A Hero of Our Time. London, England: Penguin Group, 1966.
- Moser, Charles A. The Cambridge History of Russian Literature. Cambridge University Press, 1992. New York, NY.
Cite this Analytical Essay:
Romantic Heroes in Pechorin, Onegin and the Demon (2010, November 08) Retrieved December 12, 2019, from https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/romantic-heroes-in-pechorin-onegin-and-the-demon-145430/
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