Turgenev's Fathers And Sons


Fathers and Sons is a story about differences and conflicts,
differences in how people think, new vs. old and the conflict that having
different views can cause.
The story begins with Nikolai Kirsanov and his servant Piotr who
are awaiting the arrival of Arkady, Nikolai's son, who has just graduated
from collage and is returning home for a visit. Arkady arrives with a
friend that he introduces as Bazarov, Nikolai is pleased to meet the friend
of his son and all four begin to head back to Nikolai's farm that he calls
Marino. Arkady and his father get into a separate coach than Bazarov. On
the ride back the father and son begin to talk about how the farm has
changed since he's been gone, ...

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greeting Bazarov. We can see from the actions of Pavel that he immediately
doesn't like Bazarov. After Arkady and Bazarov leave to go to their rooms,
Pavel begins to ask about the "hairy creature" that is visiting with Arkady,
and Bazarov begins to mock Pavel by comments his European demeanor and
finds him "terribly affected for someone living so far out in the
country"(ch4). Arkady and his father are also having problems at this time,
Nikolai tells Arkady of his relationship with Fenichka, Arkady responds
with saying that "You know my philosophy of life, and I would hardly want
to interfere with your life or your happiness"(ch5). Nikolai can tell that
his son has changed and he does not know how to accept these new ideas and
is thrown in to confusion by them. This is the start of a conflict between
the two. In the mean time while Bazarov is out catching frogs and Pavel ask
Arkady about his friend and is told that he is a Nihilist, Arkady explains
that a nihilist is a person ...

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uncle Matvei Kolyazin, who invites them to
a ball. This is where they meet Viktor Sitnikov an old acquaintance of
Bazarov's. At the ball is Odintsova, a woman who has very liberal views.
Arkady talks to Odintsova through out most of the ball and begins to
believe that he is in love with her. but she shows no interest in Arkady
and wants to know more about his friend Bazarov. When she finds out that he
is a nihilist she wants to meet him since she never met "someone who has
the courage not to believe in anything"(15). Arkady agrees to call upon
Madame Odintsova at her hotel. At the hotel we see that Bazarov is
embarrassed in the presence of her and is bothered that he is in ...

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