Cultral Context – ”Matryona’s Home”
5 paragraph essay with an introduction with a clearly articulated thesis statement, at least three body paragraphs that support your thesis statement, and a conclusion. Each body paragraph needs to have a topic sentence (a claim) that supports your thesis. You will support each topic sentence with a relevant quote and another example from the work. You need to discuss/analyze your quotes and examples. Also, you need to provide in-text citations for you quotes in MLA style
The story opens with a description of trains slowing down over the train crossing in the village of Talnovo. What is the significance of trains in the story? Of the train crossing?
Describing how he moved to Talnovo, the narrator says that he was drawn to ”leafy muttering of forests,” that he wanted to lose himself ”in deepest Russia,” and that he was searching for a place ”where trains don’t run” (2697). What is the significance of the nature imagery in the story?
The first half of the story focuses on Matryona’s daily life and on the details that tell us about the Soviet system of collective farming based on the communist model of state owned farms and equal distribution of goods. What does the story suggest about the discrepancy between the communist ideals and the reality of collective farming?
What are Faddey’s characteristics?
It is only at the end of the story that Ignatich feels that he finally understands Matryona. What are her strengths as a person? What ideals does she embody? Why does the society at large trample those ideals?
At the end of the story Ignatich describes Matryona as ”the righteous one without whom, as the proverb says, no village can stand” (2722). In what ways is Matryona like a saint?
What do you make of the character of the ”ancient woman” that appears towards the end of the story?
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