“The Overcoat” by Nikolai Gogol The story “The Overcoat” by Nikolai Gogol is about Akakii Akakievich and his simple job of copying papers for a department. Akakii led a very simple life and not many people would talk to him or even pay him much attention. However, his life changes when he purchases a new overcoat. This overcoat gave Akakii the motivation and confidence he needed to get out into the world. Even before Akakii’s coat was made, it still had a positive influence on him. He needed 80 rubles to have the coat made and he only had 40, so he would have to make sacrifices. This shows how the overcoat was already making changes in Akakii’s life. Him and Petrovich, the tailor of his overcoat, would often be seen “visiting the shops to inquire prices” (Gogol 89) of fabric. Eventually, after six months, they found the best cloth at the best price. Akakii’s coat was becoming closer and closer to being completed. Since the overcoat was expensive, Akakii had to make cuts in other areas like food. Akakii may not realize it, but his new overcoat was going to change his life forever. After the coat had been completed by Petrovich, Akakii wore it proudly to work the next day. When everyone saw it they were very impressed and congratulated him on the new coat. This alone was very different and a little frightening to Akakii because he was not used to multiple people talking to him in a kind tone. He was so overwhelmed by hi co-workers that he even lied and said it was not actually a new coat. One of the chiefs present was going to throw a christening party for him, but because Akakii insists it is not a new coat says, “So be it: I will give the party instead of Akakii Akakievich; I invite you all to tea with me to-night” (Gogol 91). Akakii’s new coat has now gotten him invited to a party at a very important person’s house. Not wanting to be rude, he accepts the invitation for the first time ever. That night, at home, Akakii is happier than he has ever been, and
For many centuries, social injustice has occurred in society such as inequality between social classes and corrupt government which has affected many people. [Preface] In the text “The Overcoat” by Nikolai Gogol deals with the theme of social realism in 19th century East-European literature. [Main idea] The author wants to portray the realistic social, political and personal issues that relate to the struggles of class and the outcomes of the society’s social structure. [Thesis] The….
Meanings and Indeterminacy in Gogol's "The Overcoat" Author(s): Victor Brombert Reviewed work(s): Source: Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, Vol. 135, No. 4 (Dec., 1991), pp. 569-575 Published by: American Philosophical Society Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/986817 . Accessed: 25/01/2012 04:09
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Under The Overcoat
The story, “The Overcoat”, shows how the main character gets attached to an item physically and emotionally. Throughout the story, problems relating to class and longing for objects are portrayed in the story. Akaky, the main protagonist of the story, showed many of his problems such as class and his longing for his stolen overcoat. The overcoat is: the personification of Akaky, the materialization of his class status and an agent of change.
The overcoat is related to Akaky….
Symbolism- a literary device used frequently to contribute to the complexity of a work. In "The Overcoat", by Nikolay Gogol, uses symbolism throughout this entire work. He uses the old dressing gown to represent his old life, and the new overcoat to represent his new life. The symbols affect the plot and the characters.
The old dressing gown represents his old life. It is plain as is Akaky Akakievich. He never does anything even halfway exciting. Most of the time he sits around copying….
Analysis Of “The Overcoat”
In Nicolay Gogol’s short story, “The Overcoat”, there are many key points which explain the hardships and struggles of living as a poor citizen in 19th century Russia. The economy was awful and most of the authority figures did not care about what happens to these poor people living in the city. The workers in Russia were treated as filthy slaves and had to go through hard working labor for their landowner. If they wanted to leave or get married, it was….
“The Overcoat”and Slavic Folk Beliefs
In the nineteenth century, much of Eastern Europe had a fascination with Slavic folk beliefs. During this time, people questioned the existence of mythological creatures, especially those which were believed to be somewhere between dead and alive(3). The word “vampire” was introduced in to the Slavic languages in the late eighteenth century and the term “unclean forces” began to be widely recognized by nineteenth century Russian peasants (1). References to….
The beautiful song “Nighttime Hunger” by the Overcoats is about a woman who is lonely when nightfall comes. During the day her sadness seems to disappear, until the darkness comes and she is consumed with feelings of companionless yet again. “When the darkness comes it takes everything from me” is the most meaningful phrase in this song because it corresponds with the rest of the lyrics.
These lyrics really speak to me because of how deep they get. The singer really explains how a breakup can….
"The Overcoat" tells the story of Akaky Akakyevich, an impoverished government clerk who lives a solitary life. One day he realizes that his winter overcoat has become worn out. He takes it to the tailor to be mended but is told that it cannot be repaired and that he will have to have a new one made. Akaky undergoes extreme deprivation in order to save money for a new overcoat. In the process, the coat begins to take a central role in his life and he begins to view the garment as the key to his future….
Akaky Akakievich and the Tragedy of The Overcoat
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….
nor well educated. Even so, lower-ranking officials still had arbitrary power to decide local fairs. As a result, officials would demand briberies or attributes to both commoners or minor officials to make decisions or facilitate approval. In The Overcoat, Nicolai Gogol portrays a poor minor official at the bottom of the bureaucratic hierarchy, to criticize the backward, corrupted tsarist government and Russian….