Gentle Spirit Notes

Gentle Spirit Notes - Brooks Ross History 2002 John Hatch...

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Unformatted text preview: Brooks Ross History 2002 John Hatch September 24, 2009 Topic 1 Topic One: How does “A Gentle Spirit” exemplify the theme of the “Superfluous Man” (or Woman) in Russian literature? The Superfluous Man ( Russian : « » лишнийчеловек ) is a 19th century Russian literary concept. [1] It relates to an individual, possibly of talent and capability, who does not fit into the state-centered pattern of employment. Often the individual is born into the upper class and is rich and affluent. He may pursue a military career and can often be seen as a nihilist or fatalist . This is supported by the fact that superfluous men participate in duels and chances of fate such as gambling. Their actions can be attributed to their self- destructive nature and their disregard for the social values and standards of the time. The consequence is a character bored with life, cynical and withdrawn, often causing distress to whatever occupies his attention which is often members of the opposite sex. Scholar David Patterson characterises the superfluous man as which is often members of the opposite sex....
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