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The Jewish Persona in the European ImaginationA Case of Russian Literature$
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Leonid Livak

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780804770552

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804770552.001.0001

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The Theology of Archetypes in “Taras Bul'ba”

The Theology of Archetypes in “Taras Bul'ba”

(p.114) Six The Theology of Archetypes in “Taras Bul'ba”
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This chapter analyzes the theology of archetypes in Nikolai Gogol's “Taras Bul'ba.” It suggests that the character of Taras represents both faces of the “the Jews'” archetype of the Wise Old Man, and describes his confrontation with his sons Ostap and Andrii. The chapter examines the sacrificial symbolism in the novella and argues that the exclusion of empathetic females from the execution of Ostap and Taras violated traditional Crucifixion imagery.

Keywords:   Taras Bul'ba, Nikolai Gogol, Taras, archetype, Ostap, Andrii, sacrificial symbolism, Crucifixion imagery

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