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Master and Margarita

What are some Biblical allusions made in The Master and Margarita by Bulgakov?  

The first chapter of The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov is a good place to start when discussing Biblical allusions. Bulgakov uses both kinds of allusions, direct and indirect allusion....

Latest answer posted June 16, 2011 7:02 am UTC

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In "Master and Margarita," why does the master have no name?

The symbolism of a "generic" name such as "The Master" is that it represents a whole class of people. The Master has no name because he is a figure who is intended to represent...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2008 8:44 am UTC

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In Master and Margarita, how does Ivan's experience compare to the Master's experience?

In Master and Margarita, Ivan and the Master are both writers who meet in an insane asylum. Ivan's fate comes from his chasing the Devil, who murdered Berlioz, a famous editor. He is not convinced...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2012 5:05 pm UTC

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What is Ivan's transformation in the beginning of Master and Margarita?

Ivan is a struggling poet in the beginning of the novel Master and Margarita. When first shown, he is walking with Berlioz, a famed editor and entrepreneur, and they encounter a strange man who...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2012 4:30 pm UTC

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What can be said about The Master and Margarita on the level of allegory? What are some possible examples that can be...

Allegory teaches a moral lesson using symbolic figures or actions. It can be taught through art or literature. This novel is full of symbolism, so you could connect it to allegory in this manner....

Latest answer posted June 10, 2010 5:44 am UTC

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In "The Master and Margarita," why does the master seek help from the devil rather than from God?

There are two things to note here: the character of the devil in this novel, and the nature of the help or assistance sought. The Master and Margarita operates with a highly nuanced image of the...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2008 7:13 pm UTC

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What statement does the final chapter of Master and Margarita make about the writer?

In the end of Master and Margarita, the title characters -- a writer and his lover -- are taken by Woland, the Devil, to their eternal home: "Romantic Master! He who your hero so longs to see --...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2012 4:47 pm UTC

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How is oppression presented in each of the three narrative levels of The Master and Margarita?

In the first narrator of Berlioz and Ivan the poet, the theme of oppression is exemplified by the state. The devil shows up as a foreigner and highlights some of the absurdity of living under the...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2007 12:45 am UTC

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What is the theme of the book Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov?

To me the main theme of this book is does God exist? Or rather God does exist. This is not an overt theme you can understand just by reading the text of this book but a theme that was of the time...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2007 4:59 am UTC

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In Master and Margarita, what are possible reasons for Ivan's refusal to believe that he met Satan?

Ivan is a militant atheist who not only doesn't believe in God but also denies the existence of Satan. Evidence of Ivan's general attitude to religion can be seen in a skeptical poem he's recently...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2019 6:17 am UTC

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What is one specific philosophical question the novel The Master and Margarita raises?

How about: What is the role of evil in our society?This is one of my favorites. Woland makes some clear points about the necessity of evil in the West. And this is after WWI, but before Hitler. I...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2008 3:31 am UTC

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How is the story or plot of "Master and Margarita" relevant to Russian history of the time? What is the author...

This is a good question, and without a doubt there is value in the novel if we read it as an allegory or critique of Russian life as Bulgakov saw it. For instance, the work toys with the notion of...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2010 5:01 pm UTC

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Can I possibly acquire an authentic autograph/signature?

Mikhail Bulgakov died in 1940 at the age of forty-eight. In order to obtain an authentic signature or autograph, you will have to seek it in either signed copies of his published works, in...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2009 1:27 pm UTC

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