Extra-narrative Voices and Character Agency in Dead Souls

However much of its text might be preoccupied with ‘realist’ visuals, Nikolai Gogol’s ‘poem of Russia,’ Dead Souls is still rife with extra-narrative commentary and digressions, in keeping with Gogol’s established style and his stated intentions for the novel as a morally-edifying work. Within the main plot, this manifests mostly in short satirical asides and … Read moreExtra-narrative Voices and Character Agency in Dead Souls

Manilov’s and Korobochka’s Similar Character Flaws

In Nikolai Gogol’s Dead Souls, the character flaws and business dealings of two landowners illustrate the novel’s message about human values. The first two characters with which the reader becomes acquainted, Manilov and Korobochka, display disregard for the well-being of others. Manilov’s lack of concern stems from a careless attitude, but Korobochka is a blatantly … Read moreManilov’s and Korobochka’s Similar Character Flaws