A big trace in my mind left the novel “The Hero of Our Time” by M. Yu. Lermontov. For me, first of all, it is extremely valuable and expensive that the novel raises vital problems, such as the problem of happiness, the problem of good and evil, the problem of predestination and freedom, self-will. The main character of Lermontov needs a solution to all these problems with a single purpose in order to better understand the meaning of life. After all, the comprehension of truth allows you to approach many of the mysteries of being, and therefore, to the meaning of life.
The flowering of Lermontov’s creativity came in the 30s of the XIX century. On the one hand, this is the period of the Nicholas reaction, which began after the Decembrist uprising; on the other hand, this is the time when the inability to realize oneself in the field of social activity makes the then intelligentsia go into philosophy. Herzen called this era “era of thought and reason.”
These philosophical searches in society are reflected in the novel “The Hero of Our Time”, which, according to Belinsky, “is not a collection of stories and stories, it is a novel in which one hero and one main theme are artistically developed.” It is very important, by the way, that the stories are not in order.
This, I think, allows you to more accurately convey the psychological details that are necessary for revealing the nature of Pechorin. At the beginning
Experiencing a spiritual tragedy, and Gruschnitsky who only plays the role of an unrecognized and rejected hero. In the person of Grushnitsky, Pechorin ridiculed those people who trivialized the tragedy of people like Pechorin, who are experiencing a deep spiritual crisis. I think, Lermontov, uniting all the characters around the main character, wanted to paint more fully the extraordinary character of Pechorin. So, we see that Grushnitsky is a vile person, and despite the fact that we also find a lot of shortcomings in Pechorin, nevertheless we treat Petchorin much better than his imaginary friend. I feel sorry for Pechorin, because I believe that this is a deeply unhappy person who can not find an area of application for his abilities. The author tests her hero with love. In the novel Lermontov appears a lot of different characters. So, in the story “Bela” Lermontov draws us the image of a young Circassian. Pechorin fell in love with her, he thought that she was sent to him by a compassionate fate. But I soon realized that I was mistaken that “the love of a savage is little better than the love of a noble young lady.”
Or here is another image of a singing girl. Undine was not beautiful, but she could feel the breed. This is the only heroine who is equal to him and who becomes a victim. The image of Princess Mary is very romantic. She is attractive in her own way, not at all stupid, but there was something missing in her, that pressing charm that could bind Pechorin to this girl. Pechorin brings tragedy to the fate of Princess Mary.
The image of the Faith throughout the novel is elusive. Her attitude to Pechorin is fraught with a mystery. Her love for Pechorin borders on slavery. The main drawback of the heroine, in my opinion, is the lack of female pride.
So, we see the hero of our time, who is struggling with the vicissitudes of fate, but this struggle is fruitless. Pechorin’s individualism is the main reason for his spiritual tragedy. Despite the fact that Pechorin is a controversial, complex person, I still fell in love with this hero. Throughout the novel, I was interested in following his thoughts, his actions. Despite all the complexity of his character, I appreciate in him that he went through life without lowering his head. And do not, probably, strictly judge him, because he is a man woven from the vices of his time, immersed in the eternal search for truth.