Bulgakov's Heart of a Dog
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End of the late 80s. Russia is at the turning point of it’s history. Everything around transforms into something new: the political structure, the lifestyle, and the way of thinking. At these new times people get opportunity to read books, which had been only passed under the cloud of a night before. One of those books is Bulgakov’s Heart of a Dog. Almost immediately after the book’s publication, director Vladimir Bortko makes a screen version of Heart of a Dog. It is considered one of the best adaptations of Bulgakov’s works, and is widely praised in public. Popularity of this adaptation is not accidental. The movie Heart of a Dog is showed through the eyes of a person from 80s. The person who is fed up with proletarian oppression and…show more content…
After some time Sharikov denunciates Preobrashenzky to the authorities. When professor demands Sharikov to leave the flat, he refuses to obey and even threatens Bormnetal, professor’s assistant, with a gun. Philip Philipovich cannot stand his misbehavior anymore and turns him back into the harmless dog.
At the first sight Bulgakov’s Heart of a Dog can be interpreted as a funny story, but in fact is a veiled satira on the Soviet society of 20s. Author illustrates the confrontation between his main characters – Sharikov and professor Preobrashenzky. Through these characters Bulgakov demonstrates interrelation of the two conflicting classes – bourgeois and proletariat. Poligraf Sharikov is in essence a generalized character of proletariat. Sharikov, who is a reincarnation of the proletarian, “ has no manners, no morals, no education, and spends most of his time swearing at the professor.” (Curtis, page 203) The citation precisely describes a typical proletarian of that time in the person of Poligraf Poligrafich. (TRANSITION) Bulgakov unveils the whole distaste of the proletariat towards bourgeois with the Scwonder character. Sharikov with a cooperation of communist Scwonder begins his class-based attacks on the professor. (T) Bulgakov satirizes Sharikov and Scwonder by exposing the biggest flaws of the working class. The foolishness of some people, like Shvonder, who believe in pure power of communism
Mikhail Bulgakov completed his satiric novel The Heart of a Dog in 1925, but Soviet government censorship kept it from being published until after his death. The story opens from the canine point of view of a stray mongrel named Sharik that wanders the cold streets of Moscow in search of food and a warm place to sleep. The dog is puzzled by the harsh treatment he receives at the hands of the various shopkeepers from whom he begs scraps. He accepts the cruelty as a matter of course and is, therefore, puzzled when a well-dressed stranger offers him sausages and takes him home to a luxurious apartment.
The stranger is Philip Philippovich Preobrazhensky, a noted surgeon experimenting in organ transplants and sexual rejuvenation operations. Preobrazhensky treats the dog well. When a neighborhood petty criminal dies, the doctor has the opportunity to continue his experimentation. He promptly transplants the testes and pituitary gland of the deceased man into Sharik. The doctor does not make the purpose of the operation clear even to his assistant, Bormenthal. The results stun everyone involved. As Bormenthals log of the experiment records, Sharik’s recovery is the evolution of a dog into a man. Surprisingly, he immediately is able to walk upright and speak, cursing and demanding liquor.
The short, hairy man promptly changes his name from Sharik to the more human Sharikov and adds Polygraph Polygraphovich, a first name and patronymic he...
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