The Overcoat by Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol The hero of “The Overcoat”, Akaky Akakievich, engenders both hatred and pity from the reader. His meekness and his pathetic life deserve sympathy, while his utter detachment from his peers and his singular obsession with a coat are often despised. He is drastically different from any of his peers, but there is a certain purity in his way of life which the overcoat defiles. Akaky’s world is completely devoid of any excitement; his sole source of pleasure
and demeanor. 19th century Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol was undoubtedly no different. Considered Gogol’s greatest work, Dead Souls is both an exemplar of intellectual Russian critique and side-splitting comedy gold, making it a satire worth crowning its author as one of the greatest writers of his time. Through the protagonist, Pavel Invanovitch Tchitchikov, and his encounters with the many different Russian nobles, women, and serfs that appear throughout the novel, Gogol depicts the flaws and faults
In Nikolai Gogol’s short story “Nevsky Prospect” (1835), setting illuminates the theme of lies and deception. The setting of the story is the city of St. Petersburg, Russia. St. Petersburg was custom-built as a distinctly European-style capital. The replication of European architecture gives St. Petersburg an artificial feel, which can be seen in the setting of Gogol’s story. The story’s setting is more than just a city; it is a character of its own. The setting of the story is initially presented
work. “We all came out of Gogol’s Overcoat” (TN 78).7-17 Search of identity in, the “Namesake”. In an interview, Lahiri acknowledged the influence of Nikolai Gogol’s ‘The Overcoat’: ‘The Overcoat’ is such a superb story. It really does haunt me the way it haunts the character of Ashoke in the novel… Of course, without the inspiration of Nikolai Gogo...
In Gogol’s Wife by Tommaso Landolfi, the author is mocking men, women, and Gogol. The author mock’s men in their perception of women as an object or property. This can be seen by reading the title “Gogol’s Wife”. By making the wife “Gogol’s” she is seen as his property, instead of her own person. By defining a woman by her husband, the author is saying that women are inferior to their husbands. Likewise by not naming the story after the wife herself, she is seen more as an object and not as a person
and in the end, shows that reinventing himself by changing his name does not satisfy his hope of shutting out the past embodied by the name Gogol, because as Gogol eventually comes to realize, the creation of “a new person” cannot be derived from the actions he takes in order to please others. Although it doesn’t occur until near the end of the novel, Gogol awakens this “new person” through the choices he makes for himself, rather than in hopes of receiving approval from others. Throughout the novel
betray the roots they came from. The Characters wrestle with these questions concerning their affiliations with their names, their relationships and their choices about the present and the future. By embracing the positive sides of both of his names Gogol finally embraces the two opposing sides of himself.
follow as they are growing up. For Gogol he has gone his entire life knowing and following Indian values and being very family-oriented. When the Ganguli’s move to America and Gogol grows older American values start to take over his life and he becomes more individual. There was a major twist in the novel that rapidly changed Gogol’s personality form individuality to family-oriented. In the end the Indian values were the most significant. Throughout the novel Gogol is affected by American values in
Christening is a cultural practice in every sect, sub-sect and religious group. Parents, family members and relatives choose a name from mythologies, family ancestors, deities and ideal figures/ leaders of their importance only with an objective to inject moral values, ideals and righteousness in the person. It is believed that names have great implications on life. Sociologically people of different countries, regions and sects have different perspectives on choosing names. In Indian context a name
Social class plays an important and vital role in a person’s life to an extent where a world without social class can’t be imagined. Similarly, social class plays a key factor in the lives of the people in the short story “The Nose” by Nikolai Gogol. The author, Gogol, addresses issues of social class in a society in his short story. Another story, which I read long back in school which focused and criticized social class is “Gulliver's Travels” by Jonathan Swift. Both authors attack on the basis of