Master and Margarita | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Laura D. Weeks

This literature criticism consists of approximately 35 pages of analysis & critique of Master and Margarita.
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Critical Essay by Laura D. Weeks

SOURCE: Weeks, Laura D. “In Defense of the Homeless: On the Uses of History and the Role of Bezdomnyi in The Master and Margarita.Russian Review 48, no. 1 (January 1989): 45-65.

In the following essay, Weeks considers images and influences related to the character of Ivan “the homeless” in Bulgakov's novel.

From his first appearance at Patriarchs' Ponds to his final moonlit stroll along the side streets off the Arbat, Ivan Nikolaevich Ponyrev, alias “John the Homeless,” remains one of Bulgakov's most controversial characters. He has been identified variously as the “Ivanushka Durachok” of Russian fairy tales,1 a type of iurodivyi or “holy fool,”2 a parody of Dostoevsky's Ivan Karamazov,3 and an ironic allusion to the...

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