Love like madness; love is madness; love, leading to insanity… Perhaps, most brightly this metaphor was embodied in their works by Russian writers of the turn of the 19th – 20th centuries – Bunin and Kuprin.
Creativity AI Kuprin permeated with a theme of sincere, pure, radiant love – Love with a capital letter. But this feeling, the author claims, can not exist with the modern world, where cynicism reigns, unbelief, indifference, selfishness. That is why, in almost all of Kuprin’s works, love is overwhelmed, trampled, betrayed.
This is the fate of Olesya’s feelings – the heroine of the novel of the same name. A girl who grew up in the forest and is accustomed to openly express her feelings, not to be afraid of the opinions of others, fell in love with the man of the “civilized world”. And he, out of cowardice and selfishness, betrayed Olesya and her love, put the girl’s life in danger. As a result, “panitch”,
deprived of great love, it remains only to remember his “savage” and regret the feeling that he has lost forever.
In search of true love Kuprin turns to the past – in biblical times. Then, the writer claims, there lived people who were capable of a great feeling. As an example, the author tells of the love of King Solomon and a simple girl named Sulamith, who became a model of true love and faithfulness.
The happiness of Solomon and his beloved was so huge that it caused envy among those who could not experience this. Malice and insidiousness did their job – Sulamith died at the hands of the conspirators. But even in the face of death, she repeated the name of her beloved, never tired of thanking him for giving him the greatest happiness in the world: “Thank you, my king, my beloved, my beautiful.” Remember occasionally about your slave, your sun-burnt Sulamith “.
However, even in modern times Kuprin still sees the echoes of that ancient, true, great love. The story “Garnet Bracelet” is a confirmation.
Two philosophies of love are encountered
in the work. One belongs to Princess Vera Nikolaevna Sheina and her entourage. Kuprin shows that the modern aristocracy has forgotten how to really love. Sincere love for her was replaced by habit, friendly sympathy, just a necessity. It is this substitution that we observe in the relations between Vera Nikolaevna and her husband.
But there is a different view of love in the “Pomegranate bracelet”. It is embodied by a simple-looking, at first glance, hero, from the category of “little people.” Mr. “GS G” – a small employee at the post office. As he himself admitted, in life he was not particularly interested in anything – “no politics, no science, no philosophy, no concern for the future happiness of people…”
But suddenly this “gray” life lit up with divine light – Love for Princess Sheina. Zheltkov perfectly understands that he can never even get close to his beloved – so great is the difference between them. But we see that this hero is not needed. He is unspeakably happy with the feeling that he has settled in his heart. Thanks to him, the life of the “little man” Zheltkov filled with meaning, a connection with the whole world and God: “I am infinitely grateful to you only for what you exist… I’m enthusiastic saying:” Hallowed be your name. “
For Zheltkov his feeling became a gift from God, he was grateful for him and the creator, and Vera Nikolaevna. That’s why the hero decided, in a fit of feelings, to give the princess the most expensive – a garnet bracelet. It is, in fact, not a very beautiful decoration – Zheltkov’s family relic: “When Vera accidentally turned the bracelet successfully before the light of an electric bulb, in them, deep beneath their smooth egg-shaped surface, suddenly caught on the beautiful, dense red lights of life.”
In the end, Zheltkov decides to die. At parting, the hero leaves the princess with her blessing – in the form of Beethoven’s sonata, which is filled with love and light: “And in her mind words were composed.” They were so coincidental in her thoughts with music that they were like couplets that ended with the words: “Yes Thy name is hallowed. “
Thus, the theme of love is one of the leading themes of all the work of AI Kuprin. The writer believed that love is the true feeling for which it is worth being born and live on this earth. Only “true love cleanses and exalts every man, completely transforming him.” However, modern people, according to observations Kuprin, less and less able to love, devote his life to another person, something to sacrifice for him. And from this love became even more rare and precious phenomenon in this soulless and selfish world. To be able to notice it, not to miss, reward yourself and others with love – that’s what AI Kuprin calls for in his works.