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The Overcoat

The final paragraph of this story, in which the ghost who has been stealing the overcoats of people is confronted by a watchmen, seems to be deliberately ambiguous. On the one hand, it could be...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2013 6:01 am UTC

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Poor old Akaky Akakievich is led an absolute dog's life in the unnamed government department in which he works. He receives absolutely no respect from his work colleagues or anyone else who works...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2021 11:42 am UTC

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The overcoat in Gogol's "The Overcoat" represents the human condition that society offers him Akakiy Akakievitch as he suffers from the lack of compassion and a parallel lack of warm overcoat. In a...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2011 11:56 am UTC

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A central theme or purpose of Gogol's short story is to expose people's lack of compassion. He also shows that acts of inhumanity are copied by others. People do not "see" Akaky beyond his outward...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2017 3:16 pm UTC

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In the relevant paragraph we're told that it is customary for "well-bred" officials in the civil service to say something agreeable to their subordinates when giving them work to do. They would say...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2020 8:15 am UTC

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Certainly Akakyi's demeanor is affected by the overcoat, considering the sacrifices that he had to go through in order to place upon his shoulders a beautiful and well-made piece of clothing that...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2012 12:45 am UTC

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1)Akaky’s overcoat also comes to represent a companion, or a close friend. What evidence is there that the overcoat assumes this symbolic meaning even before Akaky acquires it? Having noticed how...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2015 9:34 pm UTC

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This is really a question for your own personality to answer, but many people sympathize with Akaky because he is weak, powerless, balding, short, has a bad complexion, etc. He also finally stands...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2007 3:51 am UTC

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These words come from early on in Gogol's short story "The Overcoat". They are part of a passage that refers to how the protagonist of the story, a humble clerk by the name of Akaky Akakievich...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2019 10:08 am UTC

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Gogol is not oblivious to the real physical needs of people and to the way his society could put meeting those needs out of reach or make obtaining them very difficult. On a practical level,...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2016 8:42 pm UTC

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In answer to your first question, the corpse (or ghost) of Akaky floats around stealing overcoats because, at first glance, the limited scope of his existence for a short time takes on new life...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2010 4:37 pm UTC

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Shortly after being appointed to a government job in which he copies documents, Akaky Akakievich becomes dehumanized. No respect was shown him in the department. The porter not only did not rise...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2017 4:21 am UTC

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Nikolai Gogol's short story “The Overcoat” begins with a fine example of hyperbole (deliberate exaggeration for the sake of emphasis). The narrator forcefully asserts that there is nothing more...

Latest answer posted May 24, 2021 4:55 pm UTC

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In "The Overcoat," Akaky Akayevitch's greatest downfall is his meekness, or inability to become something. Even after working so hard to earn his precious overcoat, he remains unable to truly enter...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2016 3:54 pm UTC

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As one of the major influences in the Russian natural school of literary realism, Nikolai Gogol uses literary techniques, particularly metaphor and simile, to convey direct, defiant, cut-throat,...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2021 12:24 pm UTC

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One example would be the opening paragraph of this story, which uses a digression to poke fun at the Russian government and its bureaucracy. This is a comic narrative effect because even before the...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2013 5:59 am UTC

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Well, we are.Yes, it's easy to say and prove that it's the Person of Consequence, and he seemingly learns a lesson from his run-in with AA's ghost -- at least he'll think twice before talking down...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2008 11:47 pm UTC

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The techniques of humor and satire would help you address the topic. Focus on the stories use of three of the following: Irony: verbal, situational, dramatic Incongruity Hyberbole Caricature...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2013 7:37 pm UTC

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Supongo que te refieres a la obra "El capote" (“The Overcoat”), de Nikolái Gógol. Akaki, el protagonista de este relato, es un anodino funcionario cuya difícil situación económica le lleva a pasar...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2012 10:05 am UTC

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Corruption is plainly made a focal point in the opening paragraph: "he plainly demonstrated that all the imperial institutions were going to the dogs." The expression "going to the dogs" is an...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2012 11:19 am UTC

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There are no heroes in this dark world of isolation and alienation. Gogol does seem to suggest that the only recourse to the denizens of this existence is to find a distraction to make the mind...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2008 9:48 am UTC

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Gogol’s story contrasts with Blake‘s poetry in many ways. The appearance of Akaky as a ghost at the end of the story is a product of Gogol’s satire, and Gogol’s notion of the “afterlife” is less...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2018 3:07 pm UTC

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The first sense we get that the story is a moral allegory is the title, which for the Russian orthodox reader invokes the Biblical story of Joseph's "coat of many colours`that simultaneously marks...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2011 7:00 am UTC

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