During the Great Patriotic War, a very large number of people died. In my opinion, the cruel truth and the tragedy of war are remembered today with a pain in their hearts. The theme of the war was reflected in the work of many writers: V. Bykov, Yu. Bondarev, K. Vorobiev, B. Vasilyev.
The writings of these writers show the fullness of the truth about the patriotism and courage of the people, about many and many heroes who fell in battles with the invaders or tortured in fascist dungeons. They also try to tell about different stages and different aspects of guerrilla activity, about people of the most diverse age, pre-war profession, similar in the main – in sacred hatred of the fascist invaders, in readiness to give all their strength and life to the Motherland.
For example, the main theme of Bykov’s works is a man at war. When I read his works, a picture of human achievement or meanness, a rise of spirit or a fall, appears before me.
The feat and betrayal
is revealed by V. Bykov in the story “Sotnikov”. The fisherman decided by way of betrayal to stay alive. It seems to him that he can deceive the enemies, the main thing is to stay alive, and then he will run away and continue to struggle with them. In his opinion, he is not an enemy, he just wants to survive. In a difficult moment, he thinks only of himself. This is the morality of the fisherman. Sotnikov also wants to live. He is twenty-six years old. He did not have much time in his life. But he first of all thinks about people and enjoys high moral principles. Sotnikov can not for a moment step over the strip, beyond which a man ceases to be a man.
In my opinion, Rybak became a traitor, because he never assessed his actions. A person without principles and ideals. Against his background, a cold, sick Sotnikov is, as it were, in the background. But in a desperate situation, when a situation arose to choose life or betrayal, he acts like a real hero, choosing death. In my opinion, this is how they make sense of responsibility, duty, courage. The fisherman does not understand his comrade, he does
not realize that one should use high moral principles and ideals in life. The main thing is that Sotnikov does not consider his conduct as heroism. Before he dies, he sees a boy in the crowd, and the hero has the strength to smile at him. A boy is a hope for the future, a relay of generations.
During the reading of this work, I was convinced that Sotnikov was a real hero and soldier who wanted to “live with glory,” did not want “posthumous fame.” And one can only guess how many real heroes like Sotnikov were during the Great Patriotic War, but I’m sure that there were a lot of them and they went on feats, thinking first of all about the Motherland. Dying, were born for immortality!