Prince Andrei's Quest in Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace
Emilia Bogdanova Liberty
Lev Tolstoy' s War and Peace raises the issues of the search for life's true meaning and purpose, as well as questions about the soul's connection to higher spiritual truth. The protagonist of the novel, Prince Andrei Bolkonsky, is tormented and lost on his journey through life. The tone of a uniquely Russian suffering of a divided person, with his potential for kindness and openness towards the world, characterize Andrei Bolkonsky. The main influences that change his outlook on life come from a connection with nature through Natasha Rostova. The immediate forces of nature impact him as well. They work from the outside in, as is the case with the sky above the battle of Austerlitz and the old oak-tree. They fuel Prince Andrei's quest, leading him on the path towards meaningful life and love for humanity.
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Published: Wednesday, April 09, 2008