Essay on Gogol 's Cloak And The Cloak

1120 Words Nov 16th, 2016 5 Pages
Fyodor Dostoevsky once said, “ We all come out of Gogol’s cloak”. Is Dostoevsky right? and if he is, what might Gogol’s cloak represent to him? A cloak can mean nothing for many people, but at the same time it can mean a lot for others. A cloak as described in the dictionary is a type of loose garment that is worn over indoor clothing and serves the same purpose as an overcoat; it protects the wearer from the cold, rain or wind for example, or it may form part of a fashionable outfit or uniform. But, Gogol uses the cloak not only as a simple piece of cloth, he uses the cloak as a symbol to convey his message of the gap between classes. Base on the texture of your cloak, society would judge you and therefore determine to the socio economic group that you belong to. I would definitely agree with Dostoevsky, we all arise from Gogol’s cloak.
Akaky was a poor guy, low-ranking official who loved his job. In fact, when he went home every day all he did was work more. Akaky 's cloak is falling apart. Akaky’s cloak is beyond repair, and a new one will cost twice his salary. He saves for a couple of months until he has enough money to get a new cloak made. When it 's done, it 's gorgeous. Everyone at work loves it so much that they even throw him a party. Akaky is an awkward loner. So even though he enjoys the party in theory, the noise, people, and drinking get to him. As a poor man, Akaky lives in a dangerous neighborhood. In his way back from the party, when Akaky arrives to his…

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