Bylina Discussion notes 2 - Hannan Merritt Bylina...

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Hannan Merritt Bylina Discussion Notes 9/13/07 Repetition. Repetition is apparent in the bylinas again.  For example in Dobrynya and the Dragon  the same stanza is repeated 3 times in the first page and a half. Alyosha is an interesting character because he is a jokester character.  He makes me wonder why  there is even a heroic character like this.  I think that it is a reflection of the Russian minstrels or  skomorokh and the feeling of the Russian people because they want a hero that they could relate  to more easily because Alyosha is not perfect and is in fact very human. The “Lay of the Merchant Kalashnikov” is an interesting story because the hero is eventually  executed for protecting his family name and defending his wife.  I don’t understand why this  happened because he was following the Bible’s tenet of “an eye for an eye”
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