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Hannan Merritt Viy Discussion Notes 9/26/07 A common theme in Viy was the usage of vodka to fortify a person. It was also used by Khalyava when he says, “Let’s go to the tavern and commemorate his soul” (193) after they hear about Khoma’s death. This corresponds to the Conversion of the Rus when the Prince of Kiev says that vodka is simply something that the Rus people cannot live without. Another example is on page 171 with this quote, ‘Drink the Cossack’s Delight”. There are numerous pagan images in the story but the one that struck me as the most interesting was the description of the monster Viy when they say, “He was black earth all over. His earth- covered legs and arms stuck out like strong, sinewy roots”(192). This is interesting because he triumphs over a “Godly” man possibly showing that paganism can trump Christianity. Once again the number three has popped up on page 166 when the witch “expressed the wish that the prayers at her deathbed and for three days after her death be read by one of the Kievan seminarians: Khoma Brut”. This occurrence of the number three cannot be merely coincidental
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This note was uploaded on 05/05/2008 for the course RUS FSEM taught by Professor Galloway during the Fall '08 term at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

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