The great Russian writer Lev Nikolaevich Tolstoy, like no one else, was interested in the problem of social evil. Many of his works are highly pathos. Often the basis of his works were real facts. So it was with the story “After the ball,” which describes an event that Tolstoy heard about when he was young.
The author skillfully uses the technique of creating contrast. A two-part structure of the story is also intended to serve this purpose. In the first part there is an enthusiastic description of the secular ball. Tolstoy uses the epithets “happy”, “gorgeous”, “radiant”, to evoke in the reader the sensation of a real holiday. The main character is Ivan Vasilyevich – a young man from a rich family. He is impressionable and hot.
The second part of the story is written in gloomy dark tones. Ivan Vasilievich sees how the strong hand of the colonel, who was affectionately supporting her daughter in the mazurka yesterday, beats the weak-willed soldier today. The young man is at a loss: can you really have two faces: one for the ball and the other for the drill? After all, the colonel behaves quite naturally in both situations. Ivan Vasilyevich feels that life itself, society itself affects a person, forcing him to change his guises – two sides of the same coin. The young man thinks like this: “If it was done with such confidence and was recognized by all necessary, then, therefore, they knew something that I did not know.” However, in his own soul, Ivan Vasilyevich can not find an excuse for the colonel’s fanaticism.
Leo Tolstoy notes that such a case could not but affect a person who retained his morality. Ivan Vasilyevich refuses his career and devotes himself to serving other people. Love gradually disappears from the heart of the young man. “These are the things that happen and from what changes the whole life
We can say that Ivan Vasilyevich lost not only his love for the colonel’s daughter, but also his love and respect for Russian society of that time.
Leo Nikolayevich Tolstoy is a master of psychological portrait. Ivan Vasilievich, acting in the role of narrator, can be considered a typical representative of the progressive part of the n society of the XIX century. His fate is the fate of hundreds and thousands of thinking people who actively resisted the deadening influence of tsarism in Russia.