“Taras Bulba” is a story that is part of the cycle “Mirgorod”, written by N. V. Gogol. The prototype of the Cossack was Kuren Ataman Okhrim Makukha, who was born in Starodub and was an associate of B. Khmelnitsky himself. He had sons, one of whom, like Andrii in Gogol’s work, became a traitor.
A brief retelling of Taras Bulba: 1-2 chapters
The brothers Andriy and Ostap returned home after studying at the Kiev Academy. The oldest son of Taras did not like the father’s ridicule over their attire. He immediately entered into a fistfight with him. Mother ran into the courtyard and rushed to hug her sons. My father was impatient to see Andria and Ostap in battle. Departure to the Sich Taras Bulba appointed in a week. True, after drinking gorilki, he decided to go there in the morning. The brothers dressed in Cossack clothes early, took their weapons and were ready to leave. Taras on the way recalled his youth. Ostap dreamed only of war and pirushki. Andrii was as brave and strong as his brother, but at the same time more sensitive. He constantly recalled the Polish pannochku, which he met in Kiev. Once, when he had lost sight of himself on the street, Andrii almost fell under the wheels of a pan-wheeled cart. He fell straight in the mud with his face, and when he got up, that a girl is watching him from the window. The next night he made his way into the room to the dazzlingly beautiful young Polish girl.
At first she was frightened,
A brief retelling of Taras Bulba: 3-4 chapters
During the truce, the Zaporozhians rested: they walked and drank. They were serviced by craftsmen of different nationalities (fed, sheathed), as they themselves could only fight and entertain. Taras introduced Andria and Ostap to the ataman and his comrades-in-arms. Young men were struck by the customs of Zaporizhzhya Sich. There was no military training as such, but the most severe way was stealing, killing. Since the sons of Taras were different in any case, they immediately became visible among the youth. However, the old Cossack was fed up with the rackety life, he dreamed of war. The ataman of the ataman suggested to Taras how, without a crime, an oath (to keep the peace) to raise the Zaporozhians to battle.
A brief retelling of “Taras Bulba”: 5-6 chapters
And then one day the Cossacks appeared on the Sich and told them that they had suffered from the Poles who were mocking the Orthodox faith. Zaporozhtsy became angry and decided to go on a campaign at the Rada. After a day and a half they arrived in Dubno. According to rumors, there were many rich people and a treasury. Residents of the city, including women, began to defend themselves. The Zaporozhians divided the camp around Dubno, planning to take it by storm. From idleness Cossacks got drunk and almost all fell asleep. Andrii was sober and slept sensitively. To him came the maid of the same pannochki (she was just in Dubno and noticed the guy from the city wall) and asked for her food. The Cossack collected a sack of bread and, through a secret passage, went underground behind the Tatar. Andrii saw that people really began to die of hunger. But pannochka said that by morning they will receive help. Andrii stayed in the city.
A brief retelling of Taras Bulba: 7-8 chapters
In the morning the Polish army really arrived. In a hot battle, the Lyakhs were killed and captured by many Zaporozhians, but they did not survive the pressure and hid in the city. Taras Bulba noticed that Andriy was missing. At the same time, the Cossack, who had escaped from the Tatar captivity, became aware of a new disaster. The Basurmen seized many Zaporozhians and stole the treasury of Sich. Kuren ataman Kukubenko proposed to split up. Those whose relatives were at the Tatars, went to release them, and the rest decided to fight with the Poles. Taras stayed near Dubno, as he thought that Andrii was there.
A brief retelling. Gogol. “Taras Bulba”: 9-10 chapters
Encouraged by Bulba’s speech, the Cossacks entered the battle. After its completion, the gates of the city were opened, and Andrii flew out from there at the head of the hussar regiment. Beating the Cossacks, he cleared the way for the llamas. Taras asked his comrades to lure Andrii into the forest. At the young man at sight of the father all fighting fuse was gone. When Andriy came to the forest on a horse, Taras ordered him to get down and come closer. He obeyed like a child. Bulba shot a son. The last thing the boys whispered was the name of the Polish girl. Taras did not allow Ostap even to bury his traitor brother. The help came to the Poles. Ostap was taken prisoner. Taras was seriously injured. From the battlefield it was made by Tovkach.
“Taras Bulba”: a very brief retelling of 11-12 chapters
The old Cossack recovered and came to the city at the very moment when the Cossacks were led to execution. Among them was Ostap. I saw Bulba, how his son was tortured. When Ostap, before being burned alive, was looking for at least one native person in the crowd and called his father, Taras responded. The Poles rushed to look for the old Bulba, but it did not catch a trace. Revenge of Taras was cruel. With his regiment he burned eighteen places to the ground. For his head promised 2000 chervontsov. But he was elusive. And when, at the Dniester River, his regiment was surrounded by Pototsky’s troops, Taras dropped the pipe into the grass. He did not want the Poles to get it, and stopped to find her. Here his friars grabbed him. The Poles set fire to the living Zaporozhye, chained beforehand to the tree with chains. In the last moments Taras thought about his comrades. From a high bank, he saw, as the Poles catch up with them. He shouted to the Cossacks to run to the river and get into the canoe. They obeyed and thus escaped the chase. The mighty body of a Cossack swept through the flames. The departing Cossacks talked about their ataman.