Master and Margarita

by Mikhail Bulgakov

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What philosophical question does The Master and Margarita raise?

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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 wonder if the answer has changed?

How about: What is the responsibility of the author to communicate the truth?

Again, if "manuscripts don't burn," then apparently Bulgakov feels the writer has an integral role in our culture to communicate something important, vital.

(BTW, I'm not quoting anyone here; these are my thoughts.) 

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One possible one would be "What is the nature of guilt"? Guilt is a key part of the novel and one that is best expressed in the parts with Pontius Pilate. Pilate is left eternally unhappy because of his guilt, even though Yeshua effectively absolves him and does not blame him.

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