Honor. What it is? What is the meaning of this word? It is not easy to answer these questions. I think that honor is a sense of dignity, the ability to live a life of conscience, not to tarnish yourself with dishonorable acts, to overcome in oneself such feelings as envy, hatred, greed, that at the end of life, summing up, I could say that I lived life fair. To understand what true and false honor is, let us turn to examples from fiction.
Let us recall Pushkin’s novel “The Captain’s Daughter”. The protagonist of the work Peter Grinev lives by the laws of honor, knows how to stand up for the honor of other people. Here he calls on the duel Shvabrin, who insulted about Masha Mironova, the captain’s daughter. Grinev not only loves Masha, but also respects
Even in the face of death, Grinev did not disgrace his human and military honor. When the fortress was captured by Pugachev, the young officer did not swear an impostor and, if not for Savelich, would be hanged.
“Take care of the honor from the youth” – this is the epigraph to Pushkin’s novel. And the protagonist fulfills this commandment throughout all the events described in the work. And the reader is sure that Grinev will live well for his further life. That’s what true honor is.
In order to understand what a false honor is, let us turn again to Pushkin, to his novel “Eugene Onegin.” We leaf through the pages mentally telling about the duel of Onegin and Lensky. Lensky is offended by the behavior of Onegin, who on Tatiana’s birthday party is paying attention to the bride of the young poet Olga, dancing with her, whispering something