Time has changed the attitude to many historical events, and literary characters, participants in the civil war in Russia, as if from the height of our time, are no longer so straightforward. And yet Grigory Melekhov, the protagonist of M: Sholokhov’s The Quiet Don, remains for us a favorite “negative hero,” because we thanks to the talent of the writer Sholokhov fell in love with him despite official opinion. This, I believe, Sholokhov to some extent brought democracy’s victory in Russia closer. The author himself wrote: “I describe the struggle of whites with the Reds, and not the struggle of the Reds with the Whites.” This alignment greatly complicated both the task of the artist and the attitude to the novel of public opinion. Critics to this day argue
So, after visiting the White and the Reds, the hero felt the need for his own Cossack truth. But in a society divided by civil war, the third way is not given. From this moment Gregory is only concerned with thinking about saving his life and the life of his beloved Aksinya. Forever remembered, crashed into my soul the scene of Farewell Grigory with Aksinya. At the grave mound of my beloved woman, I saw a man, tormented by life, who lost the meaning of his life. And I took the tears of this strong, but deeply unhappy man as a reproach to the world, which does not count with human happiness, seeking to achieve political goals. But even after such a blow Gregory finds the strength to live on. He returns to his native village, although he knows that he will not have forgiveness from the Bolsheviks, but he has already risen above the battle. This time he saw the meaning of his life in the son of Mishka. But knowing what happened in 1937, of course, it would be naive to think that a man like Grigory Melekhov avoided repression.