This encounter between the two mentalities represents Russia’s conflict with itself and Europe, as

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This encounter between the two mentalities represents Russia’s conflict with itself and Europe, as well as, Tatyana’s own predicament: whether to purpose her won romantic dreams or sacrifice herself in the traditional Russian way. Onegin is attracted to her “wild” nature, which historian, Willard Sunderland contends Russian’s high culture found “wild” nature commendable and aesthetic intriguing, especially by the “wild beauties”. However, Onegin rejects Tatyana’s love. Though he finds her intriguing, his snobbery senses sees her as a naïve country girl. This point out he is tempted by her wildness, but dares not to involve himself with someone below his standards of cultured. The negative view of countryside was “crude” and “naïve” realm…show more content…
In other literatures of the day, Jane Austen or Charlotte Bronte, Tatyana would chosen desire and would have faced disgrace, affair, abandonment, elopement, and/or suicide. But because she is dutiful and eternally silences her love, Tatyana embodies the moral woman of Russia. Liubov faced similar situation. Liubov was also pressured to be placed with a suitor. Not to dishonor her father’s and brother’s opinion, Liubov agreed to the marriage though after she fought directly on the proposal privately and publicly. For a woman, Belinsky declared, “marriage is the only reasonable way to experience life and the only reality. Marriage for her is emancipation, the beginning of her individuality.” Engelstein would disagree with Belinsky assessment of marriage. Weighing on Chekhov’s view on adultery, Engelstein agrees that “not the power of desire that destroys human life and happiness, but the weight of conventional norms and patriarchal relations.” But does this make Russia backwards? No, since Russia had different values. Western Europe and American literature stress desire and fulfillment of happiness, whereas Russia stresses duty and patriarchal obligation. Tatyana though unhappy is successful in status. She does not have to worry finances. She engaged in the circle of vibrant culture figures: authors, poets, and

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