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The Winter Oak

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The Winter Oak - Yuri Nagibin 1. How does Anna Vasilevna change by the end of the story from what she is like at the beginning? Explain the part Savushkin plays in these changes and how the language of the story helps us to understand them. In 'The Winter Oak', Anna Vasilevna changes in many ways and Savushkin is the key to these changes. In the opening few paragraphs of 'The Winter Oak' the reader learns a great deal about Anna Vasilevna's initial personality. For example, when Nagibin writes, "The piercing bell that announced the beginning of the school had hardly died down when Anna Vasilevna came into the class-room," we learn that Anna Vasilevna is obviously a very punctual person. She is presented in a fairly stereotypical way by Nagibin. This stereotype is continued when Nagibin writes of Anna Vasilevna "pushing a hair pin back into her heavy knot of hair," because a bun is viewed as a conventional hairstyle for strict teachers. A key theme in the story is learning and this is the focus of Anna's change. The beginning of the story is set in a classroom, where Anna Vasilevna is teaching. As Anna Vasilevna announces to the class that, "Today we are going to continue learning about parts of speech" we see Anna's intention to teach the class, however it is ironic as the English lesson is not the only lesson that Anna will be a part of that day. ...read more.


When Savushkin and Anna Vasilevna actually see the oak, it is described with much religious vocabulary. Words such as "majestic," "magnanimous," and describing the winter oak as a "cathedral" lead the reader to believe that it provides holy sanctuary to the life in the forest. When Savushkin treats the oak as an "old acquaintance," we think of Savushkin as a friend of the forest. However much Savushkin has developed from his time spent in the forest, he has not lost his innocence of being unable to recognise his wrongdoings. As he exclaims that they will be too late to see his mother he appears unaware of his dawdling. Anna Vasilevna has broken the habit of a lifetime, normally very punctual, she is late, this is a signal of her change. Anna Vasilevna felt as if "She had walked into a trap," and because of this she feels that it would be acceptable to be cunning herself. Before this act of slyness, she asks the winter oak if it is all right. This is treating the oak as some kind of god, which adds to the previous religious references. As Anna Vasilevna tries one last time to impose her rules and authority on Savushkin by telling him to go by the road, we know that she had changed because she has become less obsessed by rules. ...read more.


The smell of the barbecued food, the sounds of laughter as we remember the memories of last time we met together, the sight of so many faces that I have grown up with are all part of the reason that I love the beach as my special place. I can go to the beach with my friends during the day. We can put the world to rights as we lie and sunbathe for hours on end; we can joke and laugh as we tan our skin. The sun beating down on our backs, the chatter and laughter of my friends and the sight of so many smiling faces surrounding me are part of the reason I love the beach. I can go to the beach in the evenings with my friends to watch the fireworks. We can sit and watch the glowing explosions flare across the sky as we think to ourselves or share a joke with a friend. The ability to be an individual at the beach or as part of a group is what draws me here most, I enjoy being able to think, and my thoughts make the beach my secret place. ?? ?? ?? ?? This document was downloaded from Coursework.Info - The UK's Coursework Database - http://www.coursework.info/ This document was downloaded from Coursework.Info - The UK's Coursework Database - http://www.coursework.info/ This document was downloaded from Coursework.Info - The UK's Coursework Database - http://www.coursework.info/ This document was downloaded from Coursework.Info - The UK's Coursework Database - http://www.coursework.info/ ...read more.

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