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The portrayal of the protagonist supports the idea that environmental oppression impacts the individual, which may result in the formation of deviant behavioral patterns. Early in the work, the protagonist’s appearance is describes as ordinary and rather sallow, stating “There is nothing we can do about [the protagonist appearance], it is all the fault of the St. Petersburg climate” (Gogol 234). While this statement at surface value seems to refer to the weather, it closely parallels the bureaucratic climate that, much like the weather, is a large and dismal force that the protagonist feels powerless to alter. Even the name of the character, Akaky Akakyevich, closely resembles the Russian term ‘okakat’ meaning to smear with excrement, or the term ‘caca’, which is of Greek origin but refers to excrement in many modern languages (Paul 1). A parallel is drawn between the oppression of the bureaucratic system, wherein a designated rank oppresses societal classes, and the oppression of the individual by his personal designation, in this case the character’s given name. This is supported by in the text by statements such as “with us, rank is something that must be stated before anything else”, highlighting the oppressive qualities of personal designations, such as rank (Gogol 234). Oppression on many levels shapes the traits of the protagonist, suggesting that environmental influences are responsible for future deviant behavior.
The protagonist at first negotiates a reality filled with oppression with acceptance; however, when his expectations are made higher by the prospect of a new overcoat, symbolic of a rise in the societal hierarchy, the character develops deviant personality traits, ultimately leading to his death and the wrath of his angry spirit. The author describes the Very Important Person as a character that
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The plot of overcoat centers on a single, introverted man named Akakiy Bashmachkin; a Russian civil servant, who is extremely devoted to his job and often jeered at by his coworkers. The plot of the story follows a combination of traditional and episodic pattern, which initially starts off with a conventional introduction describing the protagonist and the main premise of the story and is then characterized by constant shifting in the scene and locale that defines various aspect of the characters and their current situations after a certain amount of time lapse.
They only respect people who possess material that they are impressed with. Akaky maintains a downtrodden and poor image. The coat he always keeps wearing before obtaining the overcoat becomes worn off to transparency. His fellow workers do not approve of his poverty and therefore, torture him.
The two books have also been contrasted through the characters, themes and the historical allusions. In the novel “Fathers and sons,” shows the difference between these two generations of life. This book was written to counter the budding cultural schism in Russia from 1830s to 40s.
This book relates the fake and fragile Russian system and the generational gap that existed in Russian society in 19th century. Every character in this book represents a significant facet of the Russian society. For instance, Petrovich is viewed as the old slavopile nobility impressed with the notion that the Russians and their culture is the best in the world while they speak French and wear English clothes.
p.). It sounds as fantastic as it used to be in the middle ages, the atmosphere of narration hardly changed even in the XIX and XX centuries. The under discussion story “The Overcoat” is also on the same theme. A number of figurative themes and stylistic metaphoric combination is the cause of fancy in the story.
There are two main characters, the protagonist and the narrator. The story starts with a description of the protagonist, Akakiy Akakievitch. Here too, Gogol employs extensive symbolism. The protagonist symbolizes the lower class of Russia in the era this short story was written in.
Bartleby and Akakievitch die due to malnutrition of life's basic needs, an image that is symbolized by their reluctance to maintain a proper diet. They are uncommunicative, isolated and repressed. Their deaths go as unnoticed as did their lives. Amid all these similarities, however, stands a stark contrast in narrators.
Many critics are also of opinion that ‘The Overcoat’ can be classified as one of those few pioneering short stories that have introduced the modern form of short story writing. As a critical reader looks into
Fathers and Sons is a fiction book written by Turgenev. This book relates the fake and fragile Russian system and the generational gap that existed in Russian society in 19th century. In the other book, the “Inspector general,” Gogol has focused on mistaken identity committed in the Russian society.