Female Characters in ,, Hero of Our Time” by Lermontov

Topics: Love, Novel, Mikhail Lermontov Pages: 3 (1168 words) Published: July 23, 2009

Summary:   In his novel Hero of Our Time, Lermontov portrays the main character Pechorin as a man whose [pic]character was built on the defects of an entire generation in which the author lived. Female characters play a large role in the novel, as they reveal more of Pechorin's [pic]nature, his state of internal peace, and his inability to return love. [pic]

The novel "Hero of Our Time", written by M. Lermontov in 1839-1840, is the first realistic prosaic psychological and philosophical work in the Russian literature. The novel was written after the crushing defeat of December uprising. In his novel, Lermontov was drawing the portrait of a man of that epoch, i.e., the hero of his time, whose [pic]character was build on the defects of entire generation in which author lived. [pic]Female characters created by Lermontov playing a large role in the novel: they make it possible to more deeply open the nature of Lermontov's main hero Pechorin, his internal [pic]peace, and also his look on love. All [pic]female characters are the representatives of different social classes in the Lermontov's time: Bela - one of the "children of [pic]nature", in whose [pic]peace falls Pechorin in the narrative "Bela"; undine, who represents the romantic [pic]peace of the lawless liberty, which is so much valued by Pechorin; princess Mary and Vera, two personages of the same social class as Pechorin. Lermontov introduces Caucasian girl Bela to the reader first. She is very sincere and kind, but she is not lucking in her [pic]nature such national features as pride, sense of self-respect, lack of development and capability for passion. After being offended by Pechorin for his withdrawal to the hunting, having proudly raised head, she sad: "I'm not a slave - I'm a princely daughter!" Lermontov does not give the detailed description on appearance of the girl, but he focuses his attention on her eyes, which, "like in the wild goat and...
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