The Analytical Journal #1

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The Analytical Journal #1 Englit 0325 Prof.: Juliya Basina 02/26/09 Nikolai Karamzin was the first writer who introduced the idea of thinking with a heart to Russian Literature. His Poor Liza was a great work in which he tried to express the feelings of the main heroine, Liza, through changes in nature. When we read the story, it takes as to that place in Moscow where the narrator likes to go and we can see a careful description quiet and dark colors of autumn and we can predict that story cannot be a happy at all. Liza is a poor young village girl who was very close to nature; she picked flowers and gathered berries and sold them in the city. Even the way she was earning money for living is closely associated with nature. As the story proceeds, this relationship becomes even closer. When she is happy, nature is also full of joy; all of the creatures awaken in the morning with her. Nature description clearly emphasized with the way Liza got up that morning and the author tries to describe nature through the eyes of Liza. The author many times associated Liza with the sun. He presented her like the beautiful and pure child of nature. When she is upset, everything that surrounds her gets upset also. After she lost her innocence nature reacted too as a thunder storm. Lisa is afraid that the thunder will kill her because she understands what happened and she is filling guilty. After she hears that Erast still loves her, Liza’s emotions grow and she loses her reason, and just thinks that she can’t live any more. The village in which Liza grew up becomes the home of natural and moral purity, while the city is the source of evil that is capable of destroying that purity. While she lived in her village she did not have any troubles, in the city, the first time she met Erast, she fell in love and the last time she met him, she killed herself. Even the death of Liza is depicted by Karamzin through the
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dark colors of nature too. Alexandr Pushkin has a different writing style; his work awake the interest in Russian history, such as Peter the Great’s reformations. In his The Station-Master and The Queen of Spades Pushkin presents the relationship between people from different social classes and their behavior. In The Station-Master everybody cursed the superintendents of the posting station; everything that has happened in the road is the station-masters fault, just because he is from a low class. We can see the influence of German culture to Russian culture, in the set of German pictures in the station master’s house. In addition the doctor was German and Minsky talks with him in German, which Dounia and her father do not understand , because they are from a low rank and not educated. Dounia’s character reminds me of Karamzin’s Liza, and her father also called her poor Dounia. She was like Liza, beautiful and pure on the inside and outside. Her beauty and soul attracted many people; some gentlemen stopped at their house just to see that pretty girl. Something unusual was
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