Section 2 Question 1
“All that glisters is not gold”(William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice) is a theme portrayed in the excerpt From the House of the Dead by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. The speaker details a purportedly fervent and “warmhearted” “creature” who is not what he seems to be; he is in actuality a criminal regretful for his wrong doings. Using diction, imagery, and tone, Dostoyevsky is able to elicit the underlying truth that people are not always what they seam to be and that looks can be misleading.
Dostoyevsky characterizes the old man as “kindly”,“warmhearted” and a “creature”. By calling the old man a “creature”, this implies that he is something that is pure and chaste. This is later proven to be false and ironic for it is reveled the old man is the adverse of this appearance. He had desecrated a church, “burnt it down,” juxtaposing the original thought that the old man is good and benevolent. By doing this Dostoyevsky is able to give the readers a sense that the old man is not what he pretends to be. Giving an added shock when the reader figures out the old man’s true feelings of regret and sorrow. Dostoyevsky continuous to give evidence of false appearance of purity through his use of imagery.
Comparing the old mans eyes to that of “wrinkles like rays” alludes to a biblical image of light emitting off of someones head , almost Saint like, this is satirical for a saint, for a saint could never burn down a church . Through this depiction of the man we get a sense that the old man was something different. By juxtaposing the images of good and innocent, to a sacrilegist man who destroyed the church. Thanks to this contrast we are able to get a clearer picture about what the story really is about, an old man who did something wrong who looks innocent, that people think is wicked and sacrilegist, to what he really is a man regretful of his decision.
“Merry.. Candid laugh…he is a good man,” Dostoyevsky uses these words in order to convey...
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