Fathers And Sons
Jeff Daley ? Western Civilization II ? Fathers and Sons Analysis
Ivan Turgenev?s ?Fathers and Sons? is a novel that I think gives a good representation of Russia in the mid-nineteenth century. This is not, though, just limited to Russia and to its time period. Many of the themes and elements in this book can easily be related to those of modern times.
Through the characters Paul and Bazarov, Turgenev gives the reader 2 main perspectives that were evident in such a time period. Paul represents the aristocrat, who hates modern thinking. Bazarov, on the other hand, is a Nihilist, who doesn?t believe in the principles that were laid down before him. As one is to expect, such varied views were going to cause some sort of tension in the house between the opposites.
Throughout the novel, Paul and Bazarov go at it, usually with Paul starting it, Bazarov remaining calm, and Paul finally getting steamed. In chapter 6, Paul and Bazarov have their first ?discussion?, if you will. Paul wants to know where Bazarov stands on the topic of Germans. I feel as though Paul wanted an argument from the start, as
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