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In Essence: Blindness Essay

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Tragedies in history can be considered a dime a dozen. Like many tragedies however, one time period stands out to have an unforgettable tragic ending to the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. During the early to late 1930’s, the USSR or Soviet Union was dominated by the communist leader, Joseph Stalin. Stalin’s reign of the Soviet Union was an unfortunate time for the many civilians of Moscow, the Russian capital, during 1937-38. The time period, notoriously known as “Stalin’s great purge,” underwent the practices of mass arrests, tortures, and imprisonment or execution without trial of anyone opposing his regime, on a regular basis. In an excerpt taken from George Kennan, over 681,692 people were shot during 1937–38 alone and hundreds of thousands of innocent people were convicted under false pretences, and imprisoned in gulags (labor camps.) The recorded information dedicated to this period of time history, and to Stalin’s reign is endless. For example, the film Burnt by the Sun, by Nikita Mikhalkov, and the novel Sofia Petrovna, by Lydia Chukovskaya both exemplify two real life accounts of the “great purge” in fairly different ways. In Burnt by the Sun, and Sofia Petrovna, the two main character’s Nadia and Sofia Petrovna both embody the theme of blindness to the truth, along with images in both the film and the novel of the young pioneers, the theme song Burnt By the Sun, and the cans of crab for Kolya.The film Burnt by the Sun released in 1994, by Nikita Mikhalkov is set in the city of Moscow, Russia during Stalin’s reign, a year before the “great purge.” Nadia, played by Nadezhada Mikhalkova, the daughter of the main character, is an adorable, witty young girl, whose love for her father is captured in every heartfelt scene throughout the film. The theme of blindness is apparent in Nadia particularly because she is only six years old, and her naïve way of thinking is expected of a child her age. An example of her innocent childlike mentality is evident in the scene when Mitya, an old family friend arrives to her home, and disguises himself as an elderly blind man, Nadia asks him, “are you the summer Santa?” Mitya answers, “Yes Nadia! I’m the wizard from the Maghreb.” Nadia asks, “what’s the Maghreb?” He replies, “Maghreb is the land where the summer Santa’s live!” Mitya’s humor makes Nadia, and probably every other six year old, believe that his visit is for nothing other than good. Little does she know however, Mitya’s intentions aren’t that of someone who is visiting on good terms, he plans to arrest her father, Kotov, under direct orders from Stalin. Nadia’s innocent blindness to the corrupt policies of Stalin and truth of her country (that she adores so much), is due in part to the ‘young pioneers’ or children who follow the sovereignty of the country and are brainwashed in...

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