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They connected Pechorin's thoughts to many of the sentiments Lermentov expressed in his poems. Pechorin echoes Lermontov's romantic descriptions of the Caucasus and his criticisms of Russian society.
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Lermontov disliked the comparisons. In a second edition of his novel, he included a preface to respond to these and other claims. In the preface, he asserts that Pechorin represents a corrupt generation rather than an individual.
Mikhail Lermontov, ‘A Hero of Our Time’
In the first of many Byronic self-portraits Byron is mentioned several times in the novel Pechorin says. In a plot of exciting suspense, treachery and deviousness Pechorin kills his rival in a malicious duel. Having initially appeared to defy fate by surviving a bout of Russian roulette, he succumbs to a random act of insane violence. Pechorin appears towards the end and risks his life to apprehend the assassin.
A Hero of Our Time by Mikhail Lermontov
He knows that women find him irresistible, but this serves only to confirm his contempt for them and his puzzlement about himself and the world:. Why is this? I feel I have that insatiable hunger which will devour everything which crosses its path. I see the joys and sufferings of others only in relation to myself, I see them as food to sustain my spiritual powers.
He toys with the notion that he has much in common with the Vampire.
As William E. He is the forerunner of countless existential outsider heroes in later fiction, the nauseated figures disgusted by other people and by their own ennui, filled with indifference and hostile to the matching indifference of an irrational world.
This novel prepared the way for the more profound explorations of psychological depths of character portrayed in the masterpieces of Turgenev, Dostoevsky and Tolstoy. Your blog posting is most intriguing! Thought I would add a few random jottings below of the thoughts that popped up while reading your essay, in no particular order or priority:.
You need to login to do this. Get Known if you don't have an account. I could not help being struck by the capacity of the Russian to adapt himself to the customs of that people among which he happens to be living. I do not know whether this trait of the mind deserves blame or praise, but it attests to his incredible flexibility and the presence of that lucid common sense that pardons evil wherever it recognizes its necessity or the impossibility of its abolishment.