“Heroes of the Time Being”. Intro to AHOOT by Mikhail Lermontov. HEROES. Change the nature of the world through courage & selflessness Embody a society’s ideals Admired as much for qualities as for deeds Transcend the ordinary Sometimes aided by a wise priest, magician, or shaman.
Intro to AHOOT by Mikhail Lermontov
*Essentially a loss of innocence story (rite of passage)
(What is existentialism?)
“I am such a strange mixture of good and evil. There are but two sentiments to which I am constant – a strong love of liberty and a detestation of cant (false idealism), and neither is calculated to win me friends.”
Lermontov was preoccupied with the disillusioned Byronic hero. Complaints against the injustices of God’s world and society’s callous hypocrisy, he let his heroes take out their frustrations by wreaking sadistic vengeance on others. The hero in AHOOT joylessly sows evil on earth. It is a remarkable piece of psychological realism. ~Vickery