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Arkady, who has delighted Bazarov's father by assuring him that his son has a and changes within Arkady and Bazarov's relationship, as Arkady becomes more the black-market activity of running contraband between Cuba and Florida. Turgenev initially portrays Arkady as a youth and Bazarov as a man. the primary cracks in Arkady and Bazarov's leader-follower relationship; Arkady is at once. Rarely do we hear Bazarov say anything complimentary about Arkady. He should . From the start, Arkady functions like the perfect public relations manager for.
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After his avowal of love, and her failure to make a similar declaration, Bazarov proceeds to his parents' home, and Arkady decides to accompany him. At Bazarov's home, they are received enthusiastically by his parents, and the traditional mores of both father and mother, who adulate their son, are portrayed with a nostalgic, idealistic description of humble people and their fast-disappearing world of simple values and virtues. Bazarov's social cynicism, invariably on display with outsiders, is still quite clear as he settles back into his own family's ambiance.
Interrupting his father as he speaks to Arkady, he proves rather abrupt and still the powerful center of attention despite being around his parents. Arkady, who has delighted Bazarov's father by assuring him that his son has a brilliant future in store, in turn reproves his friend for his brusqueness. Later, Bazarov almost comes to blows with Arkady after the latter makes a joke about fighting over Bazarov's cynicism.
This once again shows the distance and changes within Arkady and Bazarov's relationship, as Arkady becomes more defiant against Bazarov's ideals. After a brief stay, much to the parents' disappointment, they decide to return to Marino, stopping on the way to see Madame Odintsova, who receives them coolly. They leave almost immediately and return to Arkady's home. Arkady remains for only a few days, and makes an excuse to leave in order to go to Nikolskoye again.
Once there, he realizes he is not in love with Odintsova, but instead with her sister Katya. Bazarov stays at Marino to do some scientific research, and tension between him and Pavel increases.
Bazarov enjoys talking with Fenichka and playing with her child, and one day he kisses her, against her will. Pavel observes this kiss and, secretly in love with Fenichka himself and in protection of both Fenechka and Nikolay's feelings for her, challenges Bazarov to a duel.
Pavel is wounded in the leg, and Bazarov must leave Marino. He stops for an hour or so at Madame Odintsova's, then continues on to his parents' home.
Meanwhile, Arkady and Katya have fallen in love and have become engaged. Anna Sergevna Odinstova is hesitant to accept Arkady's request to marry her sister, but Bazarov convinces her to allow the marriage. While back at home, Bazarov changes quite drastically. Instead of focusing on his experiments he turns to help his father in being a country doctor.
At home, Bazarov cannot keep his mind on his work and while performing an autopsy fails to take the proper precautions. Nikolai Petrovich, a widower, makes on honest woman out of his maid, Fenichka, with whom he has had a child as the novel begins.
Let us take a broad view. She dotes on her only son, and cooks prodigious, delicious meals for Bazarov. His father, also devout, is a loquacious former medic from the Napoleonic War, also dotes on their only son. The family priest comes over for dinner and cards the day after Bazarov arrives.
Bazarov, playing rashly and likening himself to Napoleon at cards, is trumped by the priest, who reminds him, that Napoleon ended up at St. He seeks to be exactly unlike his parents, to repudiate and tear down the old ways of knowing and being. Nihilism is a rejection, a tearing down, a willingness to make the world as it is into nothing. His nihilism seems qualified by a desire to serve and relate to the peasants and, ultimately, by his capacity for love.
Bazarov aspires to be a doctor—to heal people, or so it seems. No great repudiator is a doctor. Love interest qualifies is nihilism the most. First, Madame Kukshin, an emancipated woman, who, separated from her husband, is independent, childless, humorless, and a scoffer at religious belief and marriage, just as Bazarov was. She has kept up on the trends in social change throughout Europe.
Utterly annoying despite her intellectual compatibility to Bazarov, the men leave the lunch with Madame Kukshin without regret. Then they meet Anna Sergeyevna Odinstov, a gracious, beautiful woman of nearly 30 years old. When the young men meet her at her hotel, she discussed natural science with Bazarov.
She is a misandrist, thinking all as execrable as her dead husband.
A comparison of Arkady and Bazarov, from Turgenevs Fathers and Sons
She also, like Bazarov, is completely indifferent to the beauty of nature. She thinks beyond conventional morality, while her day consists of a schedule, which she adheres to as a means of keeping ennui at bay.
Without purpose, she settles for routine. Without God, she keeps the estate and social life functioning. Bazarov becomes enamored of Anna Odinstov.
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It did seem like Anna was changing, perhaps growing to love him Perhaps, Bazarov tells Anna, he should return home. Anna seems open to the idea of falling in love, as she pours her heart out to Bazarov: A life for a life. If you take mine, give me yours.
Perhaps her ennui and his nihilism will dissolve in one act of marriage and love—and this can be the basis for a Russia that overcomes such modern temptation. Each has stepped in that direction. They each sleep on the events of the night before, and awake to confront this new reality of their budding love.
Anna asks Bazarov big questions about his life: Where are you going?. In short, who are you? The implication, it seems, is that his ways will become her ways. When Bazarov answers that he is a simple country doctor in training, she is incredulous since such small ambitions suit Arkady more than Bazarov. Readers can be forgiven for expecting Anna to reciprocate. She claims that he had misunderstood her and she had misunderstood him and, in the secret recesses of her heart, she knows she misunderstood herself and they part.
Summary Arkady and Vasily visit in the vegetable garden where Vasily is digging a bed for turnips Vasily asks Arkady what he thinks of his son.
Arkady praises Bazarov and says that Bazarov will be famous someday, and he thinks the world of him Bazarov comes and he and Arkady are lying in the shade, and they talk about their childhood. Arkady asks Bazarov if he loves his parents, and he says yes.
He starts to tell them a story, and Bazarov falls asleep. Vasily wakes him, and they go to dinner. A priest, Father Aleksey, joins them for dinner. Arina sits by Bazarov and watches him playing cards. Vasily is very hurt because Bazarov has only been home three days after being away for three years. Bazarov does not show any emotion or regret After Bazarov and Arkady leave, Vasily sits down in his chair and lowers his head He comforts his wife, holding her in his arms.