• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

In the novel Anna des, troubled times were occurring for the people in Hungary in the early 1920s and the recent years before it. Dezs Kosztolnyi

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Brandon Pizzaia 11/23/12 Option #3 A Downfall by Multiple Roots In the novel Anna Édes, troubled times were occurring for the people in Hungary in the early 1920’s and the recent years before it. DezsÅ Kosztolányi not only unfolds the story of a middle class couple who (like the rest of their community) struggle with these historic hardships which are sharply reflected throughout the novel, but also provides the reader with tremendous amounts of insight about Hungary during this time period along the way. Focusing on the Vizy couple and their overworked maid Anna, the story demonstrates how their tragic downfall is brought on not only by these drastic historic changes in their homeland, but by other influences as well. Although Dr. Moviszter places the blame of this catastrophic event on the poor treatment that the servant received by her masters, there are many other influences that impacted his claim and the reason of Anna’s atrocious actions. In addition to the struggles that were tied to the changing times in the society of Hungary, battles with characters’ inner conflicts and the issue of class relations also played vital roles in the unexpected outcome of the novel. ...read more.

Middle

He tells Mr. Tatár that showing compassion towards servants will not realize, but will bring the society closer to realizing the ideal of everyone being master and servant at once, which will ultimately bring human equality (p. 83). The way that Dr. Moviszter responded to Mr. Tatár on this subject is highly significant because it allows the reader to see early on that Dr. Moviszter had always been wholehearted toward servants, (which eventually led to his controversial statement during the trial) which is an emotion that is foreign to most of the characters in the novel. Having said this, DezsÅ Kosztolányi widely separates Dr. Moviszter from most other characters, who look down upon the idea of everybody being equal and who do not take the time to understand servants or show consideration towards them like Dr. Moviszter does. Kosztolányi also demonstrates how different groups of people had varied feelings of a society without distinct classes versus one with classes that separated its members. Although the statement made by Dr. Moviszter during the trial was partially influenced by his passionate side, the major foundation of his belief was that Anna carried out her crime because of the treatment she received. ...read more.

Conclusion

Moviszter placed the blame of the double murder on the poor treatment Anna was receiving. Anna could only fight through the reign of these two ruthless masters for a limited time until she eventually lost control of herself and acted solely on her spontaneous and critical actions. As the story of this tragic downfall unveils itself, the reader acquires a great vision of Hungary during this historic time period. The impacts that this time had on the novel’s many characters were visible in their actions and beliefs, and showed that the view of the communist movement varied among different groups of people. Dr. Moviszter’s compassion towards servants could be used as a tool given by Kosztolányi to demonstrate that human equality was a belief that was more prevalent in some people than others. Although the doctor places the blame of the horrific murders on the treatment that Anna’s employers gave her, there were multiple influences that led to that tragic event. It was the overpowering combination of numerous factors that played a role in the disastrous collapse of the main characters, and these factors are: the effects caused by the drastic changes in the social order of Hungary during this time, the deep rooted internal conflicts that both Vizy’s faced due to these changes, and multiple external issues such as the never ending debate of human equality in Hungary. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate World Literature section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related International Baccalaureate World Literature essays

  1. Gusev Analysis. Chekov brings up two ordinary characters that are suffering under the ...

    Accordingly a very little action takes place in "Gusev." Only a few main incidents can be identified throughout the whole story: Gusev and Paul Ivanitch's non-viable conversations; Gusev's daydreams, Paul Ivanitch's diatribes, and both men's decline through sickness into death followed by their burial at sea. A more traditional story would have taken the characters' aspirations and made drama out of their fulfillment or frustration.

  2. In To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the subject of racism is very ...

    Therefore, by doing that, he makes the whole town believe that he is a drunk. Dolphus explains to the children why he does this by saying, "I try to give 'em a reason, you see. It helps folks if they can latch onto a reason.

  1. Isabel Allendes novel City of the Beast and Anna Akhmatovas poems I Am Not ...

    to suggest that Russian history is defined by collective suffering. Akhmatova and Allende both use irony in their writing to highlight the theme of political and social oppression. Another literary technique used by both writers to explore the theme of political and/or social oppression is the writer's voice.

  2. Dostoevsky's Influences

    * What Nietzsche wanted to do was to show people their inherent freedom to act, instead of a complete overpowering hierarchical system * It's an interesting thing, though. Nietzsche's main work, Thus Spake Zarathustra, did not exist until 20 years after the publication of Crime and Punishment.

  1. In Tolstoys Anna Karenina and Allendes The House of the Spirits, Anna and Clara ...

    Anna is a very strong-willed woman with her own set of beliefs, and she will not let her husband's or society's beliefs get in the way of her achieving equality with men. During her relationship with Vronsky she wants to go to a play, but he begs her not to go.

  2. Social Distinction in the novel Pygmalion

    Doolittle provides much comic relief throughout the play. His comments on "middle-class morality" ring true. Pickering is a good foil to Higgins, as a caring and articulate man who treats Eliza well. Shaw's ending is brilliant as it does not adhere to the usual romantic ending, where the reader would expect Eliza and Higgins (the other option to Freddy)

  1. Commentary on Anna Akhmatova's poem "Requiem".

    Instead of playing the central role in the cycle, death is used as a ?foil or as a background against which the experiences of the poet and her son are projected?. In contrast to the pain of living during those time, actual death is portrayed as desirable, as in the

  2. Moods, colors and people of the deep blue sea are portrayed in The Sound ...

    ?Let the Wayfinder, Hermes, cross the sea to the island of Ogygia?(l.109, bk.I) 8. ?A man whose bones are rotting somewhere now, white in the rain on dark earth where they lie, or tumbling in the groundswell of the sea.?(l.200, bk.I)

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work