Leo Tolstoy World Literature Analysis
Tolstoy displayed two distinctive attitudes toward art during his long career as a writer. During his early years, he believed that contemporary events, such as the emancipation of women and political reforms, were not the proper subject for art. In a letter to Peter Boborykin in 1865, Tolstoy claimed that art’s goals are “incommensurate with social goals.” Art, instead, should “force people to love life in all its innumerable, inexhaustible manifestations.” Tolstoy’s descriptions of Natasha at her first grand ball or Nicholas Rostov on the wolf hunt in War and Peace illustrate how magnificently he achieved these artistic goals. His inspiration flowed whenever he was writing about his own past and that of his...
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