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In what ways do Leonardo and Bazarov act as catalysts inchanging family structure in the texts Blood Wedding and Fathers and Sons respectively?

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Question: In what ways do Leonardo and Bazarov act as catalysts in changing family structure in the texts Blood Wedding and Fathers and Sons respectively? Name: Imran Meghji School: Aga Khan Academy Index Number: 1169 - 023 Session: May 2004 Word Count: 1486 In this essay, I will be focussing on the characters of Leonardo and Bazarov, in their respective texts, and how they act as catalysts in changing family structure, so that by the end of the text, the family unit is different from what it was in the beginning. I will also analyse their characters and examine their impact on the plots of the two texts, and their role in plot development. In particular, I will analyse the character's words, and the tone of voice in which they speak; this will help in analysing their specific character traits. This analysis will help me in understanding their impact on character and plot development, which leads to them acting as catalysts in changing their respective family structures. It should be noted that while the text Fathers and Sons features many families that are important to the plot, I will be specifically looking at Bazarov's impact on Arcady's family; as well as the impact on his own family. ...read more.

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As we can see his words are very harsh, and he employs a very defensive tone, by the use of questions. He ignores his wife's pleas and just storms out of the house without a word to where he is going. It seems that Leonardo does not really care about his family at all. This indicates that Leonardo's family is breaking down; we can see abrasive feelings between Leonardo and mother-in-law. However, change is not always negative. In the text Fathers and Sons, Bazarov changes Arcady's family structure in a positive way. Bazarov persuades Arcady to accept an invitation meant for Nicholas. Arcady accepted and he went with Bazarov into town. While the two were having lunch at Eudoxia Kukshin's residence, she mentioned a name; Madame Odintzov. Bazarov was interested in Madame Odintzov, as she was described as very attractive; and Sitnikov said that he would introduce Bazarov and Arcady to Madame Odintzov. It is at Madame Odintzov's abode where Arcady met Katya, whom he ends up marrying. "...it was noticeable that Nicholas Petrovich had already become devotedly attached to her."6 We can see that Katya has 'fitted-in' with the Petrovich family. So we can therefore say that Bazarov is indirectly responsible for Arcady's marriage to Katya, hence changing Arcady's family. ...read more.

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They no longer have that motivation (their son) to live. All they want to do is linger by his grave reminiscing over the memories they have of him as is shown by the quote: "...unable to tear themselves away from this spot where they feel themselves so close to their son and their memories of him..."8 The use of hyperbole goes to show the extreme love that Bazarov's parents had for him and the extent to which their lives have changed now that he is gone. So in conclusion, we see that Leonardo and Bazarov do act as catalysts in changing family structure in their respective texts. Although they cannot strictly be called catalysts because they do not remain unchanged; their presence in the respective texts does have an impact on the characters, as well as the plot. 1 Quote is from the text Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev; Chapter 4, page 23. 2 3 4 5 Quotes come from the text Blood Wedding by Frederico Garcia Lorca; Act 1, Scene 2. 6 Quote is from the text Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev; page 203. 7 Quote is from the text Blood Wedding by Frederico Garcia Lorca; Act 1, Scene 2 8 Quote is from the text Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev published in 1997; page 207. ...read more.

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