A Hero Of Our Time Essay Research

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A Hero Of Our Time Essay, Research Paper There are many ways to tell a story and Mikhail Lermontov was able to employ the use of narrative voice and it?s many uses in A Hero of Our Time. With his uses he is able to paint a picture of the book?s anti-hero, Pechorin and enlighten the reader on the character of a disturbed man. This man is scarred in some ways from life and does not know how to deal with the scars life has dealt him. This inability is first shown in the narration of Maxim Maximych. Maxim recounts his story of meeting Pechorin to the traveler, who is the main narrator at the beginning of the book. Maxim has many tales of Pechorin but the main one being about Bela. Bela was acquired from Bela?s brother, Azamat for a beautiful horse that didn?t even belong to

Pechorin but to another man in Pechorin?s post. This trade says a couple things about human behaviour. On Azamat?s side there is the fact that his greed has control over his actions which leads to him giving over family for an animal that in his eyes is a more valuable friend than his sister. Pechorin sees this and so from the beginning of the novel we can tell Pechorin is a master manipulator who preys on the weak of the world. Pechorin from the beginning is persistent in having Bela love him. She at first is resistant but slowly grows more so. But then a terrible thing comes to pass. Bela begins to die. Pechorin realizes early on that he can not do anything to save her but he tries to anyhow. This is in part because he wants to have a clear conscience about her death since in

many ways he changed her life forever. Maxim makes a comment on this persistence by saying: ?He was like that. He?d get something into his head and not be content till he got it.?1 This persistence is a character trait that is in the end part of his own downfall. When Bela dies Maxim says: ?His face showed me nothing particular, and that annoyed me. If I?d been in his place I?d have died of grief…I wanted to console him, more for decency?s sake, you understand, than anything else. But when I spoke he lifted up his head and laughed. The laugh sent cold shivers down my spine.?2 There are many reasons why Pechorin?s laugh might have sent shivers down Maxim?s spine. Maxim would probably think that Pechorin is a cold man with no real emotions. But I think that the man who could

never love has lost someone that he loves and he might not know how to handle the emotions that are welling up inside of him. At the same time he is realizing that he can not do everything and that deep down inside he is only human and that he can not do everything. And for someone like Pechorin, a master politician it is a hard thing to swallow. Perhaps Maxim realizes this but from what Maxim tells us he shows Pechorin as a cold human being in many respects but unknowingly he has shown us a man with a soul. Of course this soul could be debated with the story of Princess Mary that is told by Pechorin in his journal. Princess Mary is a socialite and very popular of course. Along comes Pechorin to steal her thunder. He tells glorious stories and insults her subtly by stealing away

her audience. She of course wants to know who this man who comes in so bravely to challenge her popularity is. Gradually they become friends but he still insults her sometimes by ignoring her when she comes by. This only makes her want him more. And this is what Pechorin wants because he watches Grushnitsky, a potential suitor to the princess, fail at playing the game of romance. Therefore he wants to show Grushnitsky off as a phony who is really a bumbling idiot and not a suave man. When Grushnitsky is shown off by Pechorin he is shown as a fool. So to protect his honour he challenges Pechorin to a duel. Pechorin finds out that the guns in the duel will be rigged to humiliate him. Pechorin comes up with a plan of his own to defeat Grushnitsky. What he ends up doing is killing