Gregoriy Pechorin In A Hero Of Our Time

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A Hero of Our Time - Gregoriy Pechorin is No Hero

Is Pechorin, the protagonist of Mikhail Lermontov's novella A Hero of Our Time an honorable man? Much of Pechorin's behavior proves him to be a cruel and insensitive man, who seems to bring only havoc and destruction to a situation. He is often aggravating, self-serving and insensitive to others. However in other instances, Pechorin proves himself to be the least reprehensible character. He shows himself to be a man with great self knowledge and knowledge of human behavior.

Pechorin can be seen as a dangerous man, who is insensitive and manipulative to others for self-serving reasons to the point of their destruction. Over the course of this book, A Hero of Our Time, Pechorin plays a major role, whether intentionally or recklessly, in the cruel destruction of four secondary
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In many situations, Pechorin proves himself to be a man capable of honest feelings of love and sympathy. Pechorin feels a "desperate pang of sadness" (105) when he remembers Vera, the woman he once loved and feels understood by. "A long forgotten thrill passed through my body at the sound of that (Vera's) sweet voice. Her deep tranquil eyes look straight into mine" (110) Pechorin writes, describing their reunion. When they part, Pechorin recalls, "I felt a pang in my heart as I did our first parting. How I rejoiced to feel it. Was it youth coming back to me with all it's healthy passion ..." (112), suggesting he embraces such pure feelings. His affection for Vera is so strong, that he asks himself, however cynically, "Perhaps I've fallen in love myself? No, that's nonsense." (138) The thought of not being able to see Vera one last time and say goodbye causes Pechorin to react emotionally and weep "like a child...weeping bitterly, not attempting to hold back the tears and sobs...All my coolness and self-control vanished, my heart wilted, reason desserts me."

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