Write a journal reflection on the short story "The Blizzard."

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A journal reflection is comprised of your personal thoughts about a certain subject. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a reflection is "a thought, idea, or opinion formed or a remark made as the result of meditation." For this reason, the only way to write a journal reflection is to slowly...

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A journal reflection is comprised of your personal thoughts about a certain subject. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a reflection is "a thought, idea, or opinion formed or a remark made as the result of meditation." For this reason, the only way to write a journal reflection is to slowly and carefully read the short story, think about what you are reading, and write down the thoughts that come to you. However, in case the story is confusing to you in some way, we'll summarize some of its main points.

The short story "The Blizzard" by Alexander Pushkin begins in 1811 in Russia. The daughter of an aristocratic and wealthy family, 17-year-old Maria, is in love with a poor army ensign named Vladimir. Maria's parents disapprove of the union, and so the couple decides to elope. They make a plan to meet at a church in a nearby village and get married. After this, they will throw themselves at the feet of the parents and ask for mercy. Although it causes her grief to leave her parents, Maria sets off with her maid through a snowstorm in a sledge with a coachman.

In the meantime, Vladimir sets off for the church in a smaller sledge by himself. As he enters the blizzard, he gets lost. He finally finds a village and obtains a guide to help him locate the church. By the time he reaches it, the church is empty.

The jilted Maria returns to her home safely, but she becomes ill and for two weeks is near death. While she recovers, her parents come to the decision to accept Vladimir. However, Vladimir sends a letter of regret that he has gone off to join the army.

Maria's father dies and she becomes a wealthy heiress, but she refuses all the suitors who come to court her. Vladimir has died but it seems that she cannot forget him. Finally, though, she meets a wounded young man named Colonel Bourmin and becomes attracted to him.

At a meeting in Maria's garden, Bourmin confesses that he is already married. He was caught in a snowstorm and came upon a church where everyone seemed to be waiting for him. The bride-to-be had fainted, but he married her almost as a joke. It turns out that it was Maria he married, and he throws himself at her feet.

This is a rather complex and ironic love story, but in thinking about it, you might ask yourself some questions. Should Maria's parents have forbidden her relationship in the beginning? Was Maria right to try to elope? Why didn't Vladimir attempt to communicate with Maria after arriving late at the church? Should Maria accept Bourmin's love when he had made such a cruel joke of marriage at the church? These and other thoughts will help you formulate reflections to put into your journal.

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