What is he: Onegin?
Eugene Onegin is the protagonist of the novel of the same name by Alexander S. Pushkin, written in the first half of the 19th century. The author gives not only a bright and accurate characterization of the character’s image, but also an assessment to the entire secular society of that time.
The following is a description of Eugene Onegin from the novel by A. S. Pushkin.
What is he: Onegin
In the very first chapter, already in the opening lines, the poet tells the reader who Eugene is. The hero appears to be somewhat frivolous, devoid of any attachments, and in his young years already tired of life. Education was given to him superficial, grown in "high circles", he knew how and knew exactly what was valued by his surroundings, it is written here:
He absolutely could speak French and wrote, Mazurka danced easily And he bowed at ease ...
And what else do you need to be able to man, whose pastime includes balls, trips to the theater and friendly get-togethers? This is the city dweller Onegin gets into the village, after he received an inheritance from his deceased uncle.
And here the already bored young man is waiting for stories of local mothers about jam and a quiet measured course of life.
Eugene, who had no special affections, does not understand the feelings of his acquaintance, Lensky, who feeds a gentle but deep passion for Olga. He does not understand the revelations of pure and thoughtful Tatiana, all Onegin’s answers remind her of excerpts from French novels that were popular at the time.
And now, it is time to duel. Of course, Lensky missed, but what prevented Onegin from doing the same? But no, his hand is hard and he kills the one who was closest to him in this world.
In the end, Onegin comes to a complete dissatisfaction with life, not understanding it. Awareness will come much later, during confessions to Tatiana, he will finally understand that “freedom and peace” is not “a substitute for happiness.” After all, happiness does not mean loneliness, attachments are extremely important for a person: friends and loved ones.
Such is the author's idea that the epiphany comes to the hero too late, when he already lost both his close friend and Tatiana.