Satire in Gogol's "The Government Inspector" and "Dead Souls"
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From the Paper:"This paper examines the remarkable similarities between Nikolai Gogol's play, The Government Inspector and his novel Dead Souls, and also between these two works and Gogol's personal life. After a brief summary of the play and the novel, the paper examines the parallels in the content, style, and structure of the two works. Particular mention is made of the role of foreshadowing, rumour, gossip, and deception, and it is noted that Gogol himself was the victim of rumour and gossip, a circumstance that pained him greatly. Other parallels to Gogol's personal life include fleeing from the public (he settled in Rome), the fickleness of public opinion and its painful psychological effects, and being misunderstood by the public (Gogol was viewed as a traitor to Russia). In fact, Gogol was aware that his personal life paralleled the lives of his two protagonists, and he admitted this in writing. The paper goes on to explore the dark side of Russian humour, suggesting that Gogol was ridiculing in others the qualities that he despised in himself. In fact, he admitted that he fashioned his characters after himself. The paper then examines Gogol's notion of "universal laughter" as the antidote to "universal evil" and concludes that Gogol was mistaken about this, noting that in attempting to make the devil flee by laughing at him Gogol inadvertently precipitated his descent into madness in the last decade of his life. The paper concludes with the observation that Gogol's untimely death at the age of 43 was both a suicide and a "ritual murder." In the end, it was not the devil who ran away from Gogol, but Gogol who ran away from life and into the arms of death, and his satire and humour were in some ways instrumental in this process."
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