Alexander Pushkin Drama Analysis
Alexander Pushkin’s dramas represent an interesting point of development in his career as a writer, for they were written during a period of flux after some of his finest lyrics and longer poems and before his later prose works. They contain many of the elements, such as the development of characters and their interaction, that are central to prose writing. They were conceived and written, however, in verse, not prose, and the characters must be coordinated and portrayed within this formal scheme. Pushkin’s dramatic works, and particularly the Little Tragedies, combine successfully the formal strictures of poetry with the in-depth character analysis that proved to be so influential in later Russian literature.
Although not one of Pushkin’s greatest works, Boris Godunov is an interesting and important play. Pushkin conceived of it primarily as an example to later writers, demonstrating greater concern with the literary form itself than with the subject matter. The play was based on a Shakespearean model. Like his illustrious predecessor, Pushkin was casual about observing the three unities of time, place, and action. He wrote his play, like William Shakespeare’s dramas, in blank verse, occasionally introduced prose dialogues, and had frequent scene changes.
Boris Godunov is a chronicle play that centers on the reign of Czar Boris Godunov, prime minister and power behind the...
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