Literary Techniques in Dostoevsky and Turgenev Book Review

An analysis of Dostoevesky's "Crime and Punishment" and Turgenev's "Fathers and Sons."
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Published on Dec 10, 2010 in Literature (Russian)

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This paper examines the novel "Crime and Punishment" by Fyodor Dostoevsky and "Fathers and Sons" by Ivan Turgenev. The paper describes how these authors use characterization and other literary techniques to detail and describe the changes happening in Russia during the 1860s. The paper explains that Russia during the 1860s was a time of changing values; the great age of Russia, as embodied by authors Gogol and the more notable Pushkin was long past, living in the memories of the "fathers" of Russia. The paper notes that both authors saw the potential and revolutionary strength of the Russian youth, loving that they were educated and capable men; they felt that a loosing of some of the more formal traditions was necessary, and that the youth could potentially re-ignite the Great Reforms with good behavior. Sadly, the paper concludes, as the revolution became more violent, the fathers lived to see their bright sons die by each other, wishing they had had the strength to change.

From the Paper:

"Despite the similarities between Bazarov and Raskolniknov, there are several differences worth noting. In Dostoevsky, the character Raskolniknov spends much of his time caught up in a whorl wind delirium of guilt and thinker's trauma. The idea that he could potentially transcend the social order by a great act has been destroyed. He did not account for all of the guilt. What finally starts to bring him around is his feelings for Sonya and his desire to re-integrate into the society he had alienated himself from. Raskolniknov also starts to reconsider religion, and believing in redemption. He has moved past his youth and seen judgment. Bazarov, on the other hand, does not have a religious overtone his life. He instead is confronted with his own insignificance to the world, wishing that he would not die as an "ugly spectacle." (Turgenev 195) His time has run out, and he will never get to see his potential energies used. He will not get to see the brewing revolution, or its aftermath."

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