Paul Bulgakov Satire

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In Mikhail Bulgakov’s novel Heart Of A Dog, the author takes a satirical look at the new soviet man from the view of the protagonist, Phillip Phillippovich Preobrazhensky. Probrazhensky is an educated scientist and doctor who is in the middle of a society that is changing quickly. Throughout the novel, the author allows the reader to peek into the socialist mindset of society that surrounded the doctor for example the housing committee. Preobrazhensky does not identify with the ideology of those around him and refuses to share any of the seven rooms which he runs his firm from. Bulgakov shows the corruption and insincerity of the both the proletariat and the elite when the professor bribes the housing committee which comes to his door by threatening to shut down his operations in order to persuade a party official to remove the housing committee from his property. Preobrazhensky only had to use his position in society in order to be left alone. Disliking the proletariat for multiple reasons, he has no problem openly explaining why, he makes remarks about thievery and how they steal his galoshes from…show more content…
Able to see how immoral and apprehensible the new soviet society would become, Bulgakov modeled the character of Sharikov after the emerging society. Education and intellectualism was condemned because it did not fit with the proletariat. When Sharik was found initially and was a dog, he accepted his new life, taking his collar as a symbol of dominance over the stray dogs, remarking about the prestige of the professor. But once he under goes his transformation, he is turned to the opposite side of the spectrum and became the “new soviet man” Sharikov. The soviet way of thinking made it that no man could be better than any other, making everyone equal with no advantage to others. This turned the class system upside down making those who had acquired fortune prior, the target of the new

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