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Heart of a Dog Review - Roshni Sheth HY 265 Heart of a Dog...

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Roshni Sheth HY 265 January 27, 2010 Heart of a Dog Review Mikhail Bulgakov’s Heart of a Dog gives a satirical commentary on life in the Soviet Union in the early years after the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917. The novel beings through the eyes of an impoverished, ill-stricken dog named Sharik who is taken up by a well-to-do, bourgeoisie doctor and professor Philip Philippovich Preobranzhensky. Preobranzhensky nurtures the dog back to health, and the dog feels very fortunate to have met the professor, but the professor soon turns the animal into one of his experiments. Philip Philippovich implants a human male’s pituitary gland and testes into the dog, believing that the dog has no hope for survival. To the professor’s surprise, the animal lives and slowly begins to transform into a man who walks on two feet and speaks, but as an uneducated man would act. The dog, who renames himself Sharikov wreaks havoc on the professor’s life as he tries to train Sharikov not to be so filthy and vulgar, eventually turning him back into a dog.
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