Tolstoy's War and Peace by Marianne Sturman

By Marianne Sturman

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In CliffsNotes on warfare and Peace, you find Leo Tolstoy's masterpiece -- an epic novel of Russian society within the early nineteenth century. the radical combines the private tales of individuals of 3 famous Russian households with the old backdrop of Russia's conflict with France.

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Commentary With Liza’s passing, death becomes a poignant, personal crisis for Prince Andrey. Because of her innocent reproach, he is forced to confront his basic guilt and assess the quality of life that placed this guilt upon him. Liza’s existence was but a shadow of life, a series of trivial social affairs without meaning, direction, or moments for selfscrutiny. Prince Andrey is guilty of drawing his doll-like princess into the realities of life by removing her from Petersburg, causing her to face the chancy conditions of pregnancy, and finally, allowing her to die without having known what it is to live.

Natasha, at the same moment, is in her mother’s bedroom telling the countess that Denisov has made her an offer. “Everyone is in love around here,” remarks her mother, thinking Natasha is too young to consider marriage. Crushed at Natasha’s refusal, Denisov leaves Moscow the next day while Nikolay, having paid his debt to Dolohov, joins his regiment in Poland two weeks later. War and Peace 39 Commentary The prevailing spirit in these chapters is intensity, and Tolstoy withholds his more characteristic tone of morality to emphasize this quality.

Tolstoy will now prove that the free will of an individual operates under many constraints. He will show the fallacies of Napoleon’s assumption of his free individuality, and allow Pierre and Andrey to test their own individual freedom. Eventually he will synthesize the antithetical concepts of “free will” and “necessity” to a conclusion illustrated by the lives of his protagonists. War and Peace 48 PART VI Chapters 1–10 Summary By 1809 the two emperors are so much in accord that Alexander sends troops when Napoleon declares war on Austria.

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