In the novel “Quiet Flows the Don” there are two central female images. These are the images of Aksinya and Natalia – the beloved women of Grigory Melekhov.
Aksinya is a bright and beautiful woman. Her catchy appearance attracts men, she constantly has to fight off inordinately smart boyfriends. Aksinya is married to an unloved person, who mocked her a lot. His husband Stepan Aksinya tolerates, hates, but regrets. She is a good helper and friend, she takes on the hardest work, she can manage herself with any kind of household.
Aksinya will love Grigory for life with passionate love, passionate, hot. What people say about it is Aksinya will not care. Over time, she learns to wait, and Grigory resigns to the fact that the beloved did not always keep him faithful.
Natalia is the wife of Gregory, whom his father chose for him. All her life she, suffering and crying, shares it with Aksinya. At the beginning of the novel Natalia is a very clean, shy girl. The sincere coldness of the groom has become a big blow and a disappointment in life. For the rest of her life, Natalia will keep her fear of her husband and distrust of him: “What is she jealous of you…” – says Daria’s “tongue-in-law” daughter-in-law.
However, Natalia stubbornly waits and loves the unfaithful husband, eventually waits for him, becomes the mother of two of his children:
Other female images of the “Quiet Don” are also interesting. This is the mother of Gregory and Pyotr Ilyinichna. A kind, wise, economic woman, she does everything for the benefit of her family. Ilinichna found an approach to her husband, known for his quick-tempered and “rabid” character.
Another female image of the “Quiet Don” – daughter-in-law Daria, wife of Peter. This woman is cheerful, with a light character, very fond of life, likes to relax and dress up. Behind the word Daria does not climb into her pocket, sharply answers even the father-in-law. Motherhood does not interest her, but run “to the left” – please. These parties will ruin Darya closer to the ending of the novel – she will become infected with syphilis, then incurable. It can not be said that Daria did not love her husband. No, it was the most dear to her.