The story of VG Korolenko is called “In Bad Society”. This work made me think about many important things.
The story tells about the son of a judge who made friends with children living in slums. The main character Vasya has not yet thought about how hard it is for children from other – poor – strata of society. Once in the company of Valek and Marousi, he realized how severe poverty and loneliness are.
Vallec was nine years old, but he was “thin and thin as a reed.” Despite this, the boy behaved like an adult. Yes, it’s not surprising – life itself taught him this. In addition, Valek had someone to take care of – about his younger sister Marousa.
The girl was only four years old and she was seriously ill: “It was a pale, tiny creature resembling a flower grown without rays of the sun.” Despite her four years, she walked still badly, uncertainly stepping with crooked legs and staggering like a blade
of grass, her arms were thin and transparent, the head swayed on a thin neck like the head of a field bell. ”
It’s terrible that there was no hope for recovery from Marousi – because the heroes did not have the money and care of their elders.
In order to emphasize the contrast between the children of the “good” and “bad” societies, the writer compares Marusya with Vasya’s sister Sonya: “Sonya was round like a pussy and resilient like a ball.” She was so frisky running when it happened, she laughed so loudly, she always had such beautiful dresses on, and in dark scythes every day her maid weaved a scarlet ribbon. ”
But, despite the difficult living conditions, Vasya and Marusya remained good people. Vasya immediately felt for them sympathy and a desire to be friends. The hero regretted and sympathized with his brother and sister who had to steal so as not to die of hunger, which had to live in a dungeon sucking out life from them. Washu was followed by “an acute stream of regret, reaching to heartache.”
New friends not
only revealed the best features of his character in Vasya: the ability to be friends, sympathize, and a willingness to help others. Thanks to the “children of the dungeon” the hero changed – for the better – his attitude towards his father. The boy thought that he does not like him. Wale’s words that the judge is the best man in the city forced Washuu to look at his father in a new way.
Thus, the story of Korolenko “In Bad Society” teaches love, goodness and understanding. Reading it, I thought about how terribly lonely, how important it is to have a house, how to show empathy and provide support to those who need it.