Pechorin's Monologue

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Levin's essay exemplifies the significance of Pechorin's monologue and his action towards Princess Mary of how it is portrayed throughout the book. Levin says that this specific monologue is known as “Pechorin's confession” that illustrates his characterization – corrupted and a deceiver. Levin states that Pechorin is always in an “assumed” atmosphere. He says that if one “assumes a certain air, it means one is playing a role: and thus we have reason to disbelieve him.” His argument saying that Pechorin shouldn't be accounted with trust goes along with his characterization of being disliked. I agree with Levin because whenever Pechorin was with Princess Mary, he was just trying to grab her heart and attention so he would have her instead of Grushnitsky. It was just simply for Pechorin's own amusement. This goes along with the monologue because Pechorin says that he “felt...superior to them.” Pechorin wants to take away Grushnitksy's happiness so he himself could feel superior and entertained, believing that he is better than the others. Also, Levin mentions that there is a repetition of the word “assumed” in how Pechorin is described. The point of that specific word is to imply that Pechorin is playing a “role” and is not being himself, merely to deceive people, as his monologue states that - “I began to deceive...” Levin states that it is an “assault” on Princess Mary. I agree with what Levin says because Pechorin deceiving and playing around with her makes Princess Mary very irritated. Towards the end, Princess Mary demands Pechorin if he actually loves her or not because Pechorin is so mutable. However, Pechorin directly says no, which inflicts pain onto Princess Mary, and caused her pain. This shows that all the “romantic” actions Pechorin displayed to her was basically fake and for fun. As for the second quote that Levin comments on Pechorin and his conflicts with other people, like Princess Mary. Levin states that Pechorin is not an outcast and had never...
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