Zeitschrift für die Welt der Türken / Journal of World of Turks, Vol 7, No 2 (2015)

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A Psychological Approach to the Novel "The Hot Snow" by Russian Writer Yuri Bondarev

Badegül CAN EMİR,


Every branch of science which deals with man - from literature to psychology - studies disasters experienced by societies. Great Patriotic War was one of such disasters and it left its mark on the 20th century Soviet-period Russian literature. War reflected in literature with all its aspects and the literary works of writers and poets of the war period were enhanced by the manifestation of the human soul. One of the prose writers of the 20th century was Yuri Bondarev who emphasized the destructive side of war in his works by portraying the physical, social and mental deterioration of man during the war. In one of his works - the novel The Hot Snow - the author shows the human nature tested under hard conditions of war and gives the account of the people's struggle for their motherland and freedom as they fought against the enemy with limited resources.
This paper presents an effort to study the novel The Hot Snow by war-period prose writer Yu. Bondarev from philological and psychological perspectives. The psychological trials experienced by each character in a different way, the moral and mental changes in the person caused by war were studied in the paper under different titles. The goal of this paper is to provide a pattern of the use of psychology in the analysis of pieces of literature and to support the research in the area of psychology of literature. As a result this paper - besides demonstrating the meaninglessness of war once again - will be important for revealing the psychological sources of literature.

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