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Ryan R. Ballecer
The Poor People of Society
It is the aim of this paper to bring forth an interpretation of the "poor people" as portrayed by three different examples of Russian literature. The Diary of a Madman, The Overcoat, and Taman serve as the sources for any assumptions and conclusions drawn out in this paper. All three of these works lead the reader to draw assumptions about the "poor person's" social status, desires, and weaknesses.
In Gogol's short story, The Diary of a Madman we are entranced by the diary entries of one man. This man is a civil service clerk who is held in little regard in society. He mentions several times how even people of lower positions then himself show him no respect. "They're always sprawled out in the entrance hall, not even bothering to acknowledge my existence with a little nod (Gogol, p.11)." His superiors look down on him while no one is looking up at him.
One thing that is inter...
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