Yelena N. Belyakova
Kostroma State University
The evolution of the images of the main characters in the process of Alexander Ostrovsky’s work on the comedy "The Forest" (based on the draft autograph of the play)
Belyakova Ye.N. The evolution of the images of the main characters in the process of Alexander Ostrovsky’s work on the comedy "The Forest" (based on the draft autograph of the play). Vestnik of Kostroma State University, 2020, vol. 26, № 4, pp. 89-93 (In Russ.). DOI https://doi.org/10.34216/1998-0817-2020-26-4-89-93
DOI: https://doi.org/10.34216/1998-0817-2020-26-4-89-93
УДК: 821.161.1.09”19”
Publish date: 2020-10-26
Annotation: The proposed article assumes a continuation of the conversation about one of the most polemical texts by Alexander Ostrovsky, begun on the pages of this journal by Vladimir Tikhomirov, who in his article “Comedy "The Forest" by Alexander Ostrovsky: holding out for a hero. Experience of a commentˮ drew attention to the problem of evaluating the heroes of the comedy "The Forest" by critics of the 19th century. The genre-compositional features of the play, which included old and new types of heroes in familiar and new conflict collisions, acquired even more explicit outlines when referring to the manuscript sources of the play in the process of preparing the complete collected works of Alexander Ostrovsky. In our opinion, the reaction of the playwright's contemporaries, who did not see anything fundamentally new in the play "The Forest", is due, in particular, to the complex drawing of the images of the main characters, the concept of which took shape gradually. At the same time, the evolution of the characters of the heroes of the comedy had a direct impact on the formation of the author's intention. Also, the attempt to restore the general drawing of the author's work to create the characters of the main heroes of the play, to comprehend the specifics of the contradictions implicitly present in their images, is a logical continuation of the discourse begun earlier.
Keywords: handwritten source, play, system of images, hero image, image evolution, author's intention, character, hero type, dramatic conflict
Funding and acknowledgments: The reported study was funded by RFBR, project number 19-012-00070 А
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Author's info: Yelena N. Belyakova, Candidate of Philological Sciences, Associate Professor, Kostroma State University, Kostroma, Russia E-mail: helenbel31@yandex.ru