Surname 1 Heart of a Dog “The heart of a Dog” is a novel written by a Russian author, Mikhail Bulgakov. It is a story of a dog, Sharik, scalded with hot water by a cook, lying in a doorway awaiting his end. Surprisingly, a rich gentleman, Philipo Philipovich, offers it a sausage and convinces Sharik to follow him home, where unexpected events unfold. Narrated in the first person, the dog’s point of view and the third omniscient narrator, the story of Sharik, his new owner, Philipo Philipovich, a surgeon, explores the ideologies of Soviet Communism. The author, through the persona of Philipovich, ridicules the ideology of the proletariat. He claims that kindness is the only effective way of dealing with living creatures. Additionally, the author believes that it is wrong for people to believe that they can utilize terror when dealing with other living beings. Bulgakov’s satirical criticism of the soviet principles and Bolshevic idealism is evident in the depiction of his fictitious characters. Each of Bulgakov’s characters has been uniquely portrayed. Sharik’s character is seen as a reincarnation of the repellent proletarian and philipovich’s as a vision of the bourgeois (Cornwell 103). From Sharik’s point of view, the majority in society wallow in abject poverty. The dustmen lead a life of poverty while the scale-nine typist gets a low monthly salary hence cannot afford a decent meal. She has to rely on her lover who takes advantage of her sexually for an exchange of silk underwear (Bulgakov 2). Common people must contend with rotten food. They are forced to use ingredients in food that has gone bad to make themselves some soup. On the other hand, there is the bourgeois class such as the gentlemanly, Philipo Philipovich. Sharik describes him as an individual that does not know how it feels like to eat rotten food because he eats well and has no need to steal. This foreshadows the fact that Philipo Philipovich cannot tolerate Sharik’s later character, Sharikov, who steals. It is surprising that Philipovich is
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