Alexander Tolstoy And Fyodor Dostoevsky 's `` The Devil `` Essay

2053 Words Dec 3rd, 2016 9 Pages
Though Leo Tolstoy and Fyodor Dostoevsky, two of Russia’s greatest authors, differ greatly, many of the themes that show up throughout their writings are strikingly similar. Perhaps the most notable of these shared themes is the concept of lust, strong sexual desire. This idea can be traced throughout many, if not all, of both authors’ works, large novels and short stories alike. Both authors seem to agree that, under many circumstances, lustful feelings and actions are terribly sinful and lead to awful consequences. Both War and Peace and The Brothers Karamazov, Tolstoy and Dostoevsky’s greatest works, respectively, portray characters that have an incredible sexual desire for a person or several people. From Natasha in War and Peace to Fyodor Pavlovich in The Brothers Karamazov, and even Eugene in Tolstoy’s The Devil, characters demonstrate the incredible suffering caused by getting caught up in feelings of lust and acting based on such emotions. In doing this, Tolstoy and Dostoevsky use their works to warn of the harsh consequences of overwhelming desire outside of marriage through the fates of their characters, both perpetrators and subjects of lust.
Tolstoy’s War and Peace is such an all-encompassing novel that it is only natural that the idea of sexual desire is discussed. In fact, almost all the characters in the novel are affected in some way by lust. Most interestingly, though, is the effect lust has on Natasha, the youngest Rostov daughter. Though Natasha begins the…

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