Queen Of Spades Pushkin

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Of Pawns and Pleasant Illusions The Queen of Spades is a novella written in 1833, by Alexander Pushkin. Widely considered his most successful piece, Pushkin spun a tale of common human greed that leads to betrayal, scandal, and ultimately repentance. Carefully woven in the societal complexities of mid 19th century Russia, Pushkin portrays the main characters to be two sides of the same coin—which is, metaphorically speaking the representation of the death and on going change of opposing Russian social generations. Although both Lizaveta Ivanovna and Hermann bear certain obvious characteristics, Pushkin clearly pronounced strong evidence that they’re stark contrasts which merits thorough scrutiny. Raised in a life of opulence, Pushkin’s …show more content…

Pushkin even goes so far as to blatantly label the woman as an individual who is regularly withstand or endure repetitive sufferings; a scapegoat for the Countess’ displaced aggression. As a result of the negative outcomes of servitude, Lizaveta Ivanovna’s social life paid a heavy price. Ironically, her stark beauty could not save and overpower whatever unknown curse had befallen the young woman. “In society she played the most pitiable role. Everybody knew her, and nobody paid her any attention.3” But Lizaveta Ivanovna was drawn to the glamorous life of lavish social gatherings and possible cordial dates with military officers. Reduced to no more than a moth hypnotised in the lure of an open flame; she was imprisoned once again. She was forced to become a wallflower—an outsider in world that was never meant for her. Here on this stage of putting on heirs and haughty attitudes, Lizaveta Ivanovna reverently searched for this fanciful notion of being rescued from her perpetual woes. However, escape didn’t come so easily. Even in this bubble of pleasant fantasies of freedom, she was still a foreigner of this opulent life—a conduit was needed. Oh caged bird, are you not tired of singing the same tune? To whom do you weep …show more content…

“She was very self-conscious and felt her position keenly and she looked about her with impatience for a deliverer to come to her rescue; but the young men, calculating in their giddiness, honoured her with but very little attention…3” As a romantic, Lizaveta Ivanovna’s head was filled with the grandiose idea of being rescued by a third party, rather than working her way out of her own disposition. Possibly echoing the ideals of the Age of Enlightenment and the constant unrest of the serfs, Lizaveta Ivanovna was in her own terms progressing to her rebellion. Obviously she quickly made herself the damsel of distress. Quite the opposite, possessing the penchant for self-liberation, Hermann plotted his own route to success, becoming an unusual mixture of both nihilism and romanticism. He became a proactive doer in his means of escape, but there was nothing logical about the way he executed that said plan. There was something off about Hermann. “He has the profile of a Napoleon and the soul of a Mephistopheles… This man has at least three crimes upon his conscience!3” Anyone with logical sense and of course a sound mind, would have ran with no further instruction. Hermann was being compared to a demon of death for Heaven’s sake! Not taking heed to Tomsky’s warning, Lizaveta Ivanovna

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