Dr. Zhivago | Study Guide

Boris Pasternak

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doctor-zhivago-boris-pasternak_UPDATESources: The Atlantic, Central Intelligence Agency, Encyclopaedia Britannica, The Literary Encyclopedia, New York Times, PBS Copyright © 2016 Course Hero, Inc.SymbolsSoldier's HatSymbolizes the absurdity of revolutionary thinkingWild DuckEmbodies the bleakness of uniformity under the Communist regimeBurning CandleRepresents the presence of divine providence, or fateAuthorBest known for Doctor Zhivago, Nobel winner Pasternak began his career as a translator and poet. Because his point of view was in direct opposition to that of the Soviet government, many of his works weren't published in his Russian homeland until long after his death.BORIS PASTERNAK1890–1960Doctor Zhivagoby the NumbersYears Pasternak spent writing Doctor Zhivago~10Years Doctor Zhivago was banned in the Soviet Union30Year the CIA distributed a Russian-language version of Doctor Zhivago at the Brussels World's FairYear Pasternak's son accepted on his father's behalf the Nobel Prize in Literature, originally awarded in 195819891958LOVESMARRIEDMARRIEDMARRIEDYuri ZhivagoDoctor, lover, poet; champions the individualLaraYuri's lover; symbolic of the ideal womanTonyaYuri's first wife andchildhood sweetheartKomarovskyLawyer who caused Yuri's father's death; seduces young LaraPashaLara's soldier husband; thought to be deadMarinaYuri's second wifeSEDUCESMain CharactersNarrator, Book 2, Chapter 12he object of our adoration seems the more the victim to us, the more we love.World War I and the Russian Revolution of 1917 are seen through the eyes of doctor and poet Yuri Zhivago, who cares more about literature and nature than his homeland's march toward communism. Torn between two women, Zhivago struggles to follow his moral compass while protecting his own individuality.THEMESImmortality in ArtLiterature preserves the thoughts of the author and information about a subject for generations to come.IndividualityIndependent beliefs and ideals are more important than family, lovers, and country. ClassWars of the Homeland and the HeartCommunism breaks down class barriers, but treating everyone as equals only makes everyoneequally unhappy.Boris Pasternak1957RussianNovel AuthorYear PublishedOriginal LanguageTragedyDoctor Zhivago

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