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Comparative study, between the presentation of the characters Pechorin ("A Hero of Our Time") and Shukhov ("One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich").

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English Higher Level World Literature Assignment 1 Comparative study, between the presentation of the characters Pechorin ("A Hero of Our Time") and Shukhov ("One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich") Name: Masroor Butt Code: 0239 011 Date: May 2004 School: International School of Hilversum Code: 0239 Word Count: 1,495 words The two novels "Hero of Our Time" written by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich" written by Mikhail Lermontov will be compared for this World Literature Assignment (Comparative Study). The main characters of these two novels will be compared and distinguished. In "Hero of Our Time" the main character is Grigory Alexandrovich Pechorin and the main character in "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich" is Ivan Denisovich (Shukhov). The novel "Hero of Our Time" is composed of five short stories and is about the adventures of the main character Pechorin. There are three main narrators in this novel, who are, the travel writer, Pechorin and Maxim Maximych. Lermontov has used three narrators so the readers can see three different perspectives making the reader see different views of the characters in the book. ...read more.

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"A Hero of Our Time" involves women. Pechorin is scared to get in love or make any kind of commitment with any women since a fortune teller once told his mother that he would die when he gets married. Pechorin thinks about this and tries to avoid it, thus he makes excuses for not making any commitments with women. The reader gets the feeling that he is irrational, although it's clean-cut that he has an ambivalent character. Pechorin is a person who contradicts himself. He sets out to do something and at the end does the total opposite of it. This shows that he can be misleading. "I lied, but I wanted to bait him. I was born with a passion for contradiction. My whole life has been nothing but a series of dismal, unsuccessful attempts to go against heart or reason"3 Pechorin can be described as a womanizer since he likes to play against women's emotions and use them so they can benefit him and fulfill his personal desires. He gets this satisfaction when he uses women, making him feel like a 'hero'. The reader also learns that he is a character who can't even be honest to himself. ...read more.

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In return he is also trusted and no one has ever hurt him before. The reader feels that Shukhov has inner peace and that he is a kind of freedom. On the other hand Pechorin does not have that inner peace which Shukhov has this is because he is a selfish person thinking only of his desires. Since Shukhov is in prison he has the freedom of his political ideas and these cannot be punished since he is already in prison. This again shows how Shukhov has the freedom to do this but Pechorin doesn't. It can be concluded that Shukhov has a stronger character than Pechorin. This is because Shukhov is in general a pleasant person who respects everyone. He is a civilized man and always thinks how he could survive the rest of the years so he can go back to his family. Pechorin is quite opposite to Shukhov, he has a weak character. This is because he is not trustworthy even at times not to himself because he contradicts him self a lot. It can be felt that Shukhov is the greater hero of his time since he makes the reader sympathise for him without creating sympathy. But Pechorin wants the readers to sympathise for him by explaining his feelings, emotions and actions all the time. ...read more.

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