Incredibly, Leo Tolstoy, one of Russia’s most famous writers, greatly impacted how Russians viewed government and life in general. At a time in Russian history when life seemed to fall apart for many low-class Russians, Tolstoy addressed the problems with Russian society, using a completely new style in his literature at the same time. Russia in the 1800s seemed like an out-of-place, backward nation relative to the rest of Europe. Beginning in the late 1700s, nearly all of Europe, excluding Russia, began leaning toward liberal views of
. No country has ever become, or will ever become, happy through victory in war (Gandhi).” Violence only leads to bloodshed and hard times for both sides. By using nonviolence, goals can be achieved without a price having to be paid. In addition, Henry David Thoreau stated his encouragement of the nonviolence aspect of civil disobedience in “from Civil Disobedience. He believed the president was too quick to encourage war and that if a discussion had taken place between Mexico and America, a war could have been prevented.
Maya Angelou used poetry to impact the lives of many people and for that she is one of the most influential poets to this day. Maya Angelou: activist, actress, author, civil rights icon, director, feminist, mother, playwright, wife, and poet. Angelou would grow to be best known for her iconic work in the fields of film, literature,
“So he became a philosopher- someone who does not give up but tirelessly pursues his quest for truth” (Gaarder 68). Throughout the novel, “Winnie-the-Pooh” by Ernest H. Shepard, Pooh strives to solve all of his problems with his ability to reason and think rationally. Pooh is a philosopher as he constantly searches for answers and analyzes situations with his remarkable insight. He can be compared to Socrates, a philosopher who stressed the importance of human reasoning and believed that the right insight led to the right action. Like Socrates, Pooh has great insight and also acknowledges that he knows very little.
Throughout the novel of The Death of Ivan Ilych, Tolstoy conveys his thematic focus through his unique use of diction. Tolstoy examines several factors that have altered Ivan Ilych’s lifestyle. The only way to enhance our understanding of these factors is to observe how Tolstoy portrays Ivan’s evolving comprehension of what death means to him. Evidently, such portrayal can be thoroughly observed and understood by carefully analyzing Tolstoy’s use of diction. Furthermore, there are several themes that Tolstoy focuses on primarily, which are often associated with the depiction of the human existence as a conflict between different sides of the spectrum and Ivan’s tendency to alienate himself from the world.
Coupled with switching his major and not getting his degree, Tolstoy had dropped out of Kazan University, he began to put his time into farming, as his father had done. In contrast to his father, Tolstoy also recorded entries in a diary type book. Which he would continue throughout his whole life. In 1848 Tolstoy joined his brother in the Russian Army, which was a base for his early pieces of writing. By looking at the the stories that Tolstoy wrote during the war you are able to see how the war influenced his writing in the following ways: (1) comparing his life while he’s in the war to his life outside of the war; (2) battling in the Crimean War, and (3) his interaction with the other
Gandhi mentions that “This letter is not in any way intended as a threat.” (Par 12). Pertaining to the fact that Gandhi and the viceroy are on opposing sides, this is a way of him trying to make the viceroy feel comfortable, and hopefully make him feel safe to accept the information he has read. The quote can possibly give the Lord some idea that it wouldn’t be a bad idea if he had the Indians on side side instead of hating him. The other strategy Gandhi used was pathos. He claims that “ I hold the British rule in India to be a curse” (Par 2).
Living one’s life for the benefit of others is where true happiness is achieved. Like much of Tolstoy’s work following Three Deaths in 1859, the passage from life into death is critical to the plot of “Master and Man.” Vasili becomes the savior of the man he had simply been using. There is a religious symbolism to the character’s actions, although it might not necessarily be a singular connection. Christian imagery is possible, as is Buddhist imagery, with the line, “Nikita’s alive, which means I’m alive, too.” The characters are trapped between life and death, in a limbo of sorts, a long way from the main road in a
In “My confession”, Leo Tolstoy also discussed about this philosophical matter. In this essay, he mentions how he comes up with the question, how this question bothers him, how he is looking for an answer and what will he get at the end. According to one side of knowledge, Tolstoy answers the question, what the meaning of his life was, that, “ ... you are a temporal, accidental conglomeration of particles. The interrelation,
Gandhi originally went to Africa on business with his job as a lawyer, but instead Gandhi had found his calling both spiritually and politically. This led to many acts of non-violence and civil disobedience and ultimately India’s Independence Movement in 1947. Gandhi implementation of civil disobedience was heavily influenced by Henry David Thoreau’s essay, Civil Disobedience which depicts Thoreau’s resistance towards the government. Gandhi’s system of non-violence and peace was called the Satyagraha, which translates in English to the “truth force”. Gandhi thought of this as “living a life of love and compassion”.