Essay about Woland - Master and Margarita

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Woland Master’s depiction of the devil waltzes around the streets of Moscow under the guise of a foreign professor. Cunning and sly, Woland and his retinue of demonic characters creates chaos in Moscow, turning the mechanical well-ordered society into a frenzied mess, with prominent literary figures running around half-naked and directors of theatres turning into vampires. Woland is similar to his biblical counterpart in that he refuses to spare of his devilish wrath those he deems unfit of redemption. Berlioz, for example, was not saved from decapitation by means of tram car in the third chapter. He feels no pity and grants no mercy to the ignorant, the devious, and the greedy citizens of Moscow like Berlioz and Prokhor Petrovich who…show more content…
… Trees and living beings also have shadows. Do you want to skinning the whole earth, tearing all the trees and living things off it, because of your fantasy of enjoying bare light? You’re a fool.” (p360) Here, Woland speaks to Yeshua’s loyal disciple who follows Yeshua’s ideals about the good of mankind. Matthew Levi’s interaction with Woland depicts Woland in a different light; it shows him as a servant of a higher power, working with and balancing the nature of Yeshua and his disciples. Ryan Sloan, in his review, The Master and Margarita: Saucy, Sanguine, Satiric, Satanic, writes, “the Devil may be an active yin to God's slumbering yang”, meaning that Woland complements Yeshua’s desires to bring man’s good nature to light by revealing evil; by doing this he also proves that without “shadows” there would be no “light” on the earth. Ryan also calls God “slumbering” and Woland “active” perhaps signifying that Woland is more driven to enlighten the people of the world whereas Yeshua is more concerned with sitting idly by while people make their own mistakes. In this sense, Woland acts more like a God, changing the paths that certain people’s lives will take and convincing them to change their sinful ways. Thanks to his interaction with Matthew Levi, Woland is proven to be compassionate and wise, bringing to light a major conflict of the novel, good vs. evil and the
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