A Glimpse Into Sorrow Essay Research Paper

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A Glimpse Into Sorrow Essay, Research Paper A Glimpse into Sorrow The countries of Eastern Europe have long endured chaos and destruction. Many of the countries in that area were devastated by war. Poland, an excellent example, rests between Germany and Russia. During World War II both those countries invaded Poland, leaving many of its cities in ruins. In modern times the Soviet Union has shattered. However, this liberation has come recently. Except for written materials produced in this decade, most works have been influenced by a life controlled by The Communist Party. In the often totalitarian state perpetuated by The Party, citizens were subjected to great injustices and horrors, all under the guise of “working for a better nation.” Communism allows for no religion,

and any practicing of theology was an offense. The state of living was many times appalling, and the government used this to its advantage. By claiming to be a voice for the people, it could hide its ulterior agendas. The government’s vehement attempts at control were frequent, and Eastern European writers were forced to live under this domineering force. Their writing shows the fact that innocent people were forced to live under unjust and domineering oppressors, and that people in that region are tired of the violence inherent in that type of system. This theme is evident in Eastern European literature throughout history.”The Tale of Three Master Craftsmen” is actually an independent story within the children’s novel “My Dear Boys,” which was published in 1948. The

writer, Lev Kassil, prefers to write for children, using this venue as a platform for his own political and social views. Written in any genre besides fairy-tale, this blatantly anti-Stalinist story would never have been published. The story is a tale about a country called Sinegoriya. This imaginary country is famed by the bountiful fruits which grow there in abundance, the perfect mirrors which are made there, and the strong and powerful weapons which are fashioned on the island. These objects are created by the three great Master Craftsmen: Amalgam, the master of mirrors and crystal; Isobar, the highly skilled armorer; and John Greenfingers, the renowned gardener. This glorious civilization, however, is soon attacked by a neighboring island. The leader of the aggressors, is

named King Vainglorious the Eleventh-and-Three-Quarters. The first part of his name is an obvious depiction of the ruler’s self-serving nature, while the latter part comes from the fact that whole numbers are only awarded after a certain amount of years in service. This evil king is also extremely stupid, and before long squanders his entire fortune. The different winds of the world decide to take advantage of this opportunity, and congregate on the island. They approach the king and ask to be his advisors and henchmen. The king agrees, and the Secret Council of Winds seizes control and begins to rampantly ravage the country. Inhabitants are forced to attach weathervanes to their roofs, leave their doors open to the intrusions of the wind (much like the freedom exhibited by the

KGB), dispose of all personal possessions (materialism is a facet of capitalism, which is strictly the enemy of communism), and destroy all mirrors (in the context of the story, this is because the king is ugly. This transfers over to real life with the fact that mirrors promote egocentric values, another capitalist belief). The Master Craftsmen are forced to stop working, and Amalgam is thrown into the dungeon. This reign of terror continues until the Master Craftsmen escape to an island inhabited by a group called The Commandos (the name “commandos” was taken from the elite group in the British forces. The author was criticized severely for his choice of names). Together with the Commandos, the Master Craftsmen regain control of Sinegoriya.This story, which has the happy