Realism In The Gogol

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Nikolai Gogol, most known as one of the famous authors who defined Russia’s Golden Age. “Gogol is seen by most critics as the first Russian realist. His biting satire, comic realism, and descriptions of Russian provincials and petty bureaucrats influenced later Russian masters Leo Tolstoy, Ivan Turgenev, and especially Fyodor Dostoyevsky.” (“Gogol”). One of Gogol’s works includes his famous Russian horror novel called The Viy, published in 1835. “Gogol assures his readers in a footnote, is a creature of Ukrainian folklore, “the chief of the gnomes.” Competent investigators of the matter have branded that footnote a mystification; but they have also recognized the masterful way in which Gogol’s imagination reproduces the effects of authentic…show more content…
“The Witch” is what mostly stands out as evil spirits in this verse, as well as the actions taken against her. The effect of specific detail also takes place with, “he wrenched himself” and “so swiftly”. Such exemplification further shows Gogol’s imagination, so revealing yet, includes the sense of the time frame of this novel. Another example, What is there to be afraid of?” he thought to himself. “She will not rise from her bier, since she fears God’s word. She will remain quietly resting. Yes, and what sort of a Cossack should I be, if I were afraid? The fact is, I have drunk a little too much — that is why I feel so queer. Let me take a pinch of snuff. It is really excellent — first-rate! (Lavrin) Gogol depicts this character as realizing “this isn 't real”, such evil spirits don 't really exists, convincing himself that all that is happening, cannot really be happening. Adding excuses as to why this may be happening such as, “I have drunk a little too much”, leaving the reader wondering if such actions are happening or being imagined. The theme of The Viy is also recognized in a following quote where Gogol exhibits prose giving a flow of actions and portrayal as the witch comes after Thomas, he gives the reader a sense of…show more content…
(Lavrin) Gogol is known for his imagination and mythical characters, Merezhkovsky once said, “Gogol’s religious outlook, the Devil is a mystical essence and a real being, in which eternal evil, a denial of God, has been concentrated. Gogol the artist investigates the nature of the mystical essence in the light of laughter;” (qtd. in Stauffer 24). Gogol recognized the devil and saw this as being real so he included this a part in his novels. He set this as an important part of his stories, hence “evil spirits” as this novel 's theme. Such example added emphasis of his imagination as the narrator consoles that Thomas had drew a circle around him. This action adds imagination to not only the character but the reader. The character in that he believes the witch cannot get at him with a circle draw around him and the reader in that such circle can protect this character. Additionally, Gogol symbolizes prayer when referencing to the theme evil spirits. The narrator emphasis Thomas’s need of prayer to get rid of these evil spirits. An example is shown from the following description: Weary to death, he began to repeat all the prayers which he knew, and all the formulas of exorcism against evil spirits. Suddenly he
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