Download a PDF to print or study offline.

Study Guide
Cite This Study Guide

How to Cite This Study Guide

quotation mark graphic


Course Hero. "Fathers and Sons Study Guide." Course Hero. 6 Feb. 2018. Web. 11 Dec. 2018. <>.

In text

(Course Hero)



Course Hero. (2018, February 6). Fathers and Sons Study Guide. In Course Hero. Retrieved December 11, 2018, from

In text

(Course Hero, 2018)



Course Hero. "Fathers and Sons Study Guide." February 6, 2018. Accessed December 11, 2018.


Course Hero, "Fathers and Sons Study Guide," February 6, 2018, accessed December 11, 2018,

Fathers and Sons | Infographic

Share Embed
Click to copy code

Check out this Infographic to learn more about Ivan Turgenev's Fathers and Sons. Study visually with character maps, plot summaries, helpful context, and more.

Katya, Chapter 25 e’s a wild animal, and you and I are tame. Sources: Encyclopaedia Britannica, The Guardian, Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc. Feudalism Political system empowering nobles and virtually enslaving serfs Romanticism Belief that beauty, nature, art, and emotion hold great value Nihilism Belief that morality, tradition, and authority have no purpose Key Young man caught between accepting nihilism and denying true romantic leanings Arkady Rich, charming, independent widow; lives an orderly but boring life Madame Odintsov Music lover, nature enthusiast, father, and landowner; longs to stay connected to son Nikolai Young nihilist and medical student; determined to live life according to his principles Bazarov Main Characters Known for his realistic depictions of people, Turgenev questioned prevailing ideology as Russia ushered in a new age of thinking during the 19th century in the wake of the Crimean War. His novels often feature intellectuals who embrace new ways of thinking and hope to liberate Russia from its feudal past. IVAN TURGENEV1818–83 Author Fathers unconditionally love their sons, who grapple with unexpected feelings. Love As new, liberal ideas are introduced to Russian society, generational gaps Change The serfs’ emancipation and the possibility of social advancement spark change. Class Against the backdrop of Russia’s changing social climate, fathers Nikolai and Vassily try to come to grips with their sons’ newfound political and philosophical ideologies. Meanwhile, the sons struggle to reconcile nihilist principles with their newfound emotion: love. A Philosophical Battle for Russia’s Future THEMES Russian Original Language 1862 Year Published Ivan Turgenev Author Fathers and Sons Drama Novel

Want to see more infographics? View All Infographics on Course Hero!

Cite This Study Guide

information icon Have study documents to share about Fathers and Sons? Upload them to earn free Course Hero access!