The Effectiveness Of “God Sees The Truth, But Waits”

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“God Sees the Truth, but Waits,” the short story by Leo Tolstoy, has influenced the minds of many readers around the globe, and continues influencing more to this day. Tolstoy has effectively caught the attention of readers around the world for quite some time due to his use of the six elements of short stories. These elements include setting, character, plot, conflict, point of view, and theme. Through his effective use of these elements, Tolstoy’s short story will forever stand the test of time.
The first element effectively used by Tolstoy is setting. Setting is the time and location in which a story takes place. For instance, Star Wars’ setting is a long time ago in a galaxy far, far ...view middle of the document...

Characters are the people in a work of fiction and the characteristics of this person. In this story, the main character is a man by the name of Ivan Dmitrich Aksionov. He is a merchant that lives in the town of Vladimir, and is described as being a very fun person. He serves as the protagonist of the story. This means that he is central to the story with all the major events having some importance to this character. The opposite, the antagonist, is the person that opposes the protagonist. This person would most likely be Makar Semyonich. This is because this is the man who actually murdered the merchant friend of Aksionov and is the reason Aksionov is in prison. Makar Semyonich is also the only thing standing between Aksionov and his justice/freedom. The way Tolstoy shows the readers the characteristics of these characters is through his descriptions of not necessarily their appearances, but their actions. For instance, the reader can clearly see Aksionov’s faith in God when he refuses to tell the Governor who dug the hole in the wall at the prison. This shows that he has faith that God will give him justice, so much so that he misses one of the only opportunities he will have to put the correct man behind bars and get his freedom back. Tolstoy does an amazing job detailing these characters to give the reader a clear image of the kind of people they are.
The plot was also a very important element that Tolstoy effectively used to create such an amazing short story. The plot is how the author arranges events to develop his or her basic idea. In this case, the plot details Aksionov’s adventure from his home in Vladamir to the prison in Siberia, from his happy life and family to being in prison under a false accusation. In order to fully grasp the readers and keep them interested throughout the story, Tolstoy made sure that all five of the essential parts of plot were compelling and hooking for the reader. These parts include the introduction, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution. The introduction to “God Sees the Truth, but Waits” is introducing Aksionov and his happy life, as well as describing the fact that he is going on a trip to a fair with a colleague. The rising action is when he is falsely accused of murdering his merchant friend, and is sent to prison in Siberia. This is also where Aksionov first meets Makar Semyonich, and believes he is the one who committed the murder. The climax in this story is when Aksionov has the chance to take his vengeance out on Makar, by telling the Governor that it was he who dug the hole in the wall to try and escape, and does not take it. The falling action is when Makar Semyonich asks for forgiveness from Aksionov and informs him that he will go to the Governor and tell him that it was really Makar who murdered the merchant. Lastly, the resolution in the story is when Aksionov dies on the same day he is to be released, dying content with the justice that was given to him.
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