"Lady-Peasant Woman": review, the main characters, the atmosphere of the story
It is easy to make a review of the story “A Young Lady-Peasant” because this wonderful work is full of interesting, vivid characters, each of which is worthy of a separate detailed description. And most importantly, they are so realistic that they give rise to images and associations in the soul of any reader.
It is curious to make a literary review of “The Young Lady-Peasant”, because Pushkin used in his work interesting narrative techniques:
The scenery for the main storyline from a detailed description of the landlords' life, peasant customs, nature. All this gives rise to a certain mood in the reader and adds individuality to each character.
The harmony of the whole story is so invisible, but, if you think about it, once again confirms the genius of Pushkin. Exposition, setting, climax - this is a whole, the plot goes smoothly, and the absence of the epilogue is natural.
The irony does not violate harmony, but even more adds to the whole narration of lightness, lightness of the atmosphere. Each character is described very naturally, alive. And this is precisely due to the irony, which allows one to notice and set off the natural for real life, but skillfully introduced by Pushkin into invented characters, a certain absurdity and excessiveness. But this is specificity, something that makes real people interesting and different from each other.
Two equally respected families
The heads of the families of two lovers are not the main characters, but they leave a lasting impression. In both of them, from the very first lines one can see the excessive enthusiasm of each for his own interests, which opens up a field for the author’s irony. The Englishman with the most progressive views and his zoil (the name of the Greek vicious critic who has become a common noun) is a Russian landowner with deeply conservative convictions. The review of the book “Lady-Peasant Woman” will be incomplete without a description of such different fathers Liza and Alexey respected by everyone in the district. Ironing over these characters and the story of their reconciliation, Pushkin gives readers the opportunity to laugh easily and heartily.
County lady Liza Muromskaya
The author included in the story “The Lady-Peasant Woman” a review-story about provincial girls. This description of the county ladies literally exists separately, is famous in itself, often quoted by other writers.
The main advantage of the young ladies from the province of Pushkin calls the “originality”, the specificity of each, individuality and behavior, and ways of thinking that are not violated by the capital education. The girls who were educated in two capitals and then published in the course of their studies acquired the same type of behavior as their uniforms, which denied the author. Their judgments, principles, expectations from life are all “the same as their caps”. Lisa was embodied in Pushkin by their complete antagonist, the sweetest county lady, which the poet could imagine.
Mysterious Alexei Berestov
What kind of young man could capture any county lady? One word is mysterious. That is why Lisa was looking for a meeting with an unfamiliar Berestov. Although Alex was also beautiful, stately, young. But this ring with a dead head. Unknown to anyone drama about his broken heart gave rise to gloom in his behavior.And most importantly - complete indifference to all the county young ladies.
What seventeen year old girl could resist such a charm? The last straw was a review that a young lady peasant gave about Alexey to her confidant Nastassja. They say that the young landowner is cheerful, handsome, only the noble girls ignore, and the peasant women do not miss a single one. And frivolous prank came to mind the young lady of Murom.
The first meeting
The meeting between Lisa peasant and Alexey in the forest is decorated with a short description of nature: fresh morning, golden sunrise, spring renewal - a wonderful background to set off both Lisa’s girlish charm and the beauty between the feelings in love. Joy, anticipation, “infant gaiety” - this is what the tip was about, and the young peasant woman, and the reader, together with her, feels the answer to the surrounding beauty in her heart, dreaming, waiting for the first meeting with the mysterious stranger. As if this reader is walking in the spring forest at sunrise — young, naive, innocently rejoicing, along with Lisa, a successful prank.
Barin and Peasant Woman
What made Liza agree to continue her acquaintance with Alexey, although initially she was determined to end everything at the second meeting? Passionate love and humility of the master.Some female vanity: a nobleman at the feet of a serf peasant. Impossible for the time plot. Prohibition of society on any happy development of such relationships.
Whatever feedback on “The Young Lady-Peasant Woman” is born in the hearts of Pushkin’s contemporaries, almost two centuries after writing, she leaves the impression of a happy love story in a distant and romanticized era. Russian landscapes, manor estates, mysterious dates, the patriarchal system and the drama of two lovers from opposing families. A romantic story with a happy ending that reads with a smile and ease!