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    Since the beginning of time, the Russian country has made several tremendous impacts on the world that will go down in history forever. One of the major impacts that Russia has affected the world with was literature. Russian literature became significant during the time where everything politically was drastically changing in the 19th century. Russian literature became an interest because the stories were been written about the everyday Russian life that the rest of the world knew very little about

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    Materialism in Russian Literature

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    In the mid-nineteenth century Western Europe had a firm grasp on Russian society and culture. At that time, Western Europe called for Modernization, which places a heavy emphasis on wealth and social maneuverability often leading to increased Economic Materialism and Egoism. Both Leo Tolstoy, in his work, The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Fyodor Dostoyevsky, in his work, Notes from Underground criticize Modernization and its effects as a danger to society. At the same time, both seem to advocate for moral

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    whom owe inspiration to romantic era author and poet Alexander Pushkin. Pushkin is considered the father of modern Russian literature and is often compared to the likes of England’s Byron or Shakespeare. Pushkin challenged literary norms and was a vital voice in Russian society. Although Alexander Pushkin’s greatest piece, “Eugene Onegin”, is a narrative tale it says much about Russian character and culture itself as influenced by the time and circumstance. Pushkin was born May 26, 1799 into Moscow

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    Russian literature was very much influenced by the literary trope known as the superfluous man. This trope was ideal for writers to describe the shortcomings of Russian high-class society. There has been a witnessed general consistency when dealing with the superfluous man such as the exhibition of cynicism and existential angst, while indulging in vices such as affairs, gambling and duelling. These individuals are typically from noble birth yet refused to fit into society and disregard the societal

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    Russian Art, Music and Literature The Arts play a large role in the expression of inner thoughts and beauty in life. From dance and music to art the concept of life is shown through the various ways in which we interpret it. The arts play a valued role in creating cultures and developing and documenting civilizations. Russia has been developing the its culture for as long as anybody could think. Nowadays, Russian painters and musicians are quickly becoming well known among each and every one around

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    million Russians worked inside factories: in a century, Russia had moved from a feudal system of serfdom to the shores of modernity. A theme of duplicity was carried throughout. The new industries and arterial railroads were European inventions, so was Russia a European nation? Or, did Russia's devotion to the Tsar and the peasant commune separate her from the growingly liberal, economically individualistic West? The theme of duality is spread throughout Crime and Punishment (in Russian, Преступление

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    Pushkin's The Queen of Spades

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    external effects. The pursuit of form sweeps them toward exaggeration and bombast. He criticized in Hugo, whom he admired, an absence of simplicity. Life is lacking in him, he wrote. In other words, truth is absent. The strangeness of most Russian writers, including the greatest among them, often baffles the French reader, and indeed, sometimes repels him; but I confess that it is the absence of strangeness in Pushkin that confounds me. Or at least what baffles me, is to see that Dostoevsky

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    Throughout history, many authors established fate as a prominent motif in various works of literature to help present their purposes. Take for instance Macbeth. In Macbeth, Shakespeare establishes fate as a motif as Macbeth constantly seeks to know his fate, and uses it to help establish his purpose that humans have the free will to choose their actions, unlike Macbeth had. In A Hero of our Time, Mikhail Lermontov uses the motif of fate to examine issues of his society. He first uses fate to explore

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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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    "Much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment and things left unsaid," Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Dostoevsky was a well accomplished Russian author with a style unique to himself. He lived a very hard life starting from the time he was a young boy in St. Petersburg. He lived his teen years in a boarding school until he was sent off to an Army Engineering Academy with his older brothers. His young adult years were spent in a prison cell and serving in his country's army. His real

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    most important Russian writers. Other Russian writers were Tolstoy, Torgenine and Pushkane. Anton was born in Taganrog in 1860, got educated at Moscow to become a doctor, soon he realized he has love for literature. Being a doctor he developed into a famous short story writer and dramatist. On the Road(1884), The Bear (1888), The Wood Demon(1889) are his early plays. His later plays areIvanhoe(1887),Three Sisters(1899), The Cherry Orchard(1904). His plays portray the 19th century Russian life in its

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