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Hadji Murad

In Tolstoy's parable that frames the story of Hadji Murat, the thistle symbolizes the indigenous people of the Caucasus. It persists through the attempts to stamp it out. Tolstoy, though he had...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2019 1:50 am UTC

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Hadji Murad

The question of who is civilized is central to Tolstoy's short novel Hadji Murad which explores the notion of moral presumption and moral relativism in a number of ways. The notion of being...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2015 4:41 pm UTC

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Hadji Murad

Tolstoy completely opposed Russian imperialism. When Tsar Nicholas II supported European imperialism in China in 1902, Tolstoy referred to his monarch's action as "barbaric." Tolstoy admired the...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2017 11:54 am UTC

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Hadji Murad

Hadji Murad has two principal reasons for joining the Russians. In the first place, the Avar leader, Imam Shamil, is holding his mother, wives, and children captive. Hadji hopes to set them free...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2020 2:31 am UTC

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Hadji Murad

The opening section of this short novella, which describes a beautiful field of flowers and the meditations of the anonymous narrator as he sees one flower that has been trampled upon, but still...

Latest answer posted September 5, 2013 5:48 am UTC

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Hadji Murad

This excellent novella is an account of the doomed mountain resistance leader, Hadji Murad, and his time in Russia associating with the Russian aristocracy. The difference in culture between the...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2013 5:28 am UTC

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Hadji Murad

The narrator prefaces this story by remarking on a crimson thistle he finds in a ditch while walking across a field one midsummer's day. This particular plant is often referred to as a Tartar. The...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2020 6:47 pm UTC

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