What is blessed?
The great Gogol, having written his “Inspector”, could hardly guess how relevant his comedy would be after centuries. In the heroes described in it, we still recognize our acquaintances, famous people and, perhaps, ourselves. Khlestakov - the main character and one of the most powerful images created by the author. This is not a separate person, but a whole phenomenon in society. In this article we will tell you what is khlastakovschina.
Khlestakov and Khlestakovschina
The hero of Gogol's “Auditor” Khlestakov is by no means an exception to the rules and is not a separate character. The author himself says that every person turns into Khlestakov for at least a minute in his life. That is why there was such a thing as khlastakivschina, which characterized certain behavior and specific features of many people.
In order to understand the essence of this phenomenon, one should deal with its most prominent representative - the main character. This is a young man who, with a clear conscience, eats the means of his father, the same crook as he himself.At the same time, he does not represent anything and is the embodiment of empty bluster, arrogance and selfishness. Realizing that he is being mistaken for an auditor, Khlestakov gladly decides to play this role and to extract the maximum benefit from his position. He is a mean-spirited liar, ready for any lie out of a thirst for profit and to satisfy his own vanity. Hypocrisy, impudence and meanness are the main features of the main character Gogol. You can read more about it in our article How Khlestakov behaves.
Khlestakov is the product of a soulless bureaucratic system that has lost morality and spiritual values. Therefore, the same qualities and the same hypocrisy are clearly visible in other representatives of this system. As Khlestakov deceives everyone around, so they behave with each other and with him. Through his image, Gogol describes the flaw in society and a widespread phenomenon, which is called the Khlastak.