This problem is revealed by the author on the example of the heroic deeds of Lieutenant Yegor Dremov. He is a tank driver who knows his work and skillfully performs it: the hero deftly traces a German tank so that the smoke begins to fall from it. About the military life, the author emphasizes, the hero did not like to tell, that speaks about him as about the modest person. Alexei Tolstoy draws our attention to the trembling, respectful attitude of Dremov to his parents, which means that he is a decent man, conscientious and honoring his father’s covenant. The Russian character of the lieutenant is especially evident during the battle on the Kursk Bulge and on treatment in the hospital. The author dwells on the description of the terrible battle, when the Dremov tank was hit by a shell.
The author convinces the reader that the “Russian character” includes such features as love and respect for the family, courage, steadfastness, the ability to make a truly right moral choice, an inner strength and a readiness to defend their Fatherland.
Reasoning over this problem, I immediately recall Captain Tushin, the hero of Tolstoy’s epic novel War and Peace. At first glance, the character seems absolutely not heroic and even comic: “A small, dirty, thin artillery officer with no boots, in some stockings.” However, during the Battle of Shenggraben this “little” captain shows a truly Russian character. On the battlefield the hero is not lost among soldiers and officers, he runs out into the fire and gives orders to his men. Unorganized and diffused in ordinary life,
Speaking of the problem of the Russian character, it is impossible not to mention Andrei Sokolov, the hero of the story of Mikhail Sholokhov, “The Fate of Man.” Andrei Sokolov is an ordinary soldier who shows a real Russian character, passing through heavy military trials. Being in captivity with the fascists, the hero does not drop his human dignity. Exhausted, exhausted and exhausted, he is ready with courage to meet death from the bullet of the concentration camp commandant, who wants to humiliate the Russian soldier. Andrew Sokolov without a snack drinks three glasses of schnapps and even the German strikes with his stamina and inner strength. Having received from the fascist loaf of bread and a piece of fat, the hero honestly shares food with the rest of the prisoners of war. Andrei Sokolov in any situation remains a man with true moral values, which are in the notion of “Russian character.”
Thus, the Russian character includes courage, heroism, compassion and mercy, the ability to overcome life’s difficulties and remain a person in any situation.