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War and Peace Essay: The Importance of Sonya

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The Importance of Sonya in War and Peace


Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace speculates deeply about history, religious life and human brotherhood. Most readers focus on the characters of Natasha, Prince Andrew, and Pierre. Another character named Sonya, who is an orphaned cousin, is staying with the Rostov family. Sonya is overshadowed by the other characters, however, she is vital to the rounding out of the other characters in the novel.


 The people she loves most take her life of commitment and sacrifice for granted. The reader is thus also inclined to give little emphasis to her role in their lives and in the novel as a whole. As someone who has essentially nothing, Sonya is willing to give everything she has to…show more content…

The bond between these two characters allow Tolstoy to set up many interesting situations. Tolstoy often puts the two women into parallel situations and uses Sonya as an anti-thesis to Natasha.


At the beginning of the novel, both Natasha and Sonya are "in love." Natasha is in love with Boris, and Sonya with Nicholas. Through the love of teenage girls, the feelings present the first situation employed by Tolstoy to compare the two friends. Both Boris and Nicholas are leaving for the war with the promise of one day marrying the two young girls who they now leave behind. The departure of Nicholas devastates Sonya. She vows to always love him even though she knows in her heart how hard it would be for the two cousins to marry. Sonya feels this so strongly that she gives Nicholas her undying love. This devotion never ceases despite several temptations. The same cannot be said for Natasha.


Natasha's love for Boris is short-lived, which leaves the reader to wonder whether it is true love at all. Natasha later takes a liking to Prince Andrew, Pierre, Denisov, and Anatole Kuragin. Only when she has fully matured does she finally realize her true love for Prince Andrew and then for Pierre. Both women are presented with alternatives to the men to whom they have pledged their love, and both women react like true opposites, revealing Tolstoy's use of Sonya as an anti-thesis.


After Natasha and

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War or Peace? Essays

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If you think about war and then think about peace is war really all that bad? Without wars there would basically be no human life because no one would have anything really. Wars are defiantly not all good but they are also not all bad if there are not a bunch of them. A successful war in transition to peace was the Guatemalan war of 1960-1996 because they are still living in a bit peaceful country today but are making major progress. An example of an unsuccessful war in transition to peace is the 1991 Somalia Civil War which is still ongoing today. Corruption is on of the main things this essay will be about since corruption is on of the leading causes of most wars in the world. The Guatemalan civil war was one of the longest and…show more content…

Before long, the Rebel Armed Forces (FAR) were formed and they began assassinating United States military advisors and ambassadors. Then in the 1970’s insurgent organizations began forming and fought against the military that was in charge. When Rios Montt took over as the new president of Guatemala; his main concern was defeating the guerrilla groups with his military army. The government started forming civilian defense patrols called PACs. Participation was mostly voluntary, but most Guatemalans had no choice, they either had to join the PACs or the guerrillas. Rios Montt's army and PACs recaptured all of the guerrilla’s land and their activities declined. Even though, Rios Montt won this victory he won it at the cost civilians’ lives. After the violence of Montt, General Oscar Humberto Mejia Victores stepped in as President. In 1984 Mejia agreed to give back democracy to Guatemala and they elected a new official. He took office in January 1986: Vinicio Cerezo, a civilian politician. Even with a new President it took another ten years of war to make peace. In the first two years of Cerezo’s presidency there was a decline in violence and the military only struggled with armed insurgents. There was also a more stable economy which was excellent for the Guatemalans. In the last two years, there was a failing economy, illness, and the escalation of violence. The government did not know how to deal with the country’s declining heath, education, and economy or the rise in

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