Genealogy of Dr. Zhivago in Pasternak’s novel

One of the most interesting topics is genealogy in literature; it can be observed in V.S. Pikulya, M.A. Bulgakov, as well as in the novel B.L. Parsnip Doctor Zhivago. The latter just reveals the topic of spoiled birth. This includes ridiculous deaths and suicides (those who died in the war do not belong to this definition), it is worth considering and looking to see whether there have been such cases one or two generations earlier. As for suicides, this is one of the terrible things that spoil the history of the family, because adult suicide is just a failure of the board.

Genealogy of Yuri Zhivago

The father of Yuri Zhivago Andrei, a wealthy man who squandered his entire fortune, committed suicide. This is a very important point for understanding this literary work. B.L. Pasternak very clearly reflected the realities of what genealogies face.

Yuri Zhivago, a man who was married almost three times and from each marriage he had children. The first marriage with a relative Antonina Gromeko. Which seems to come from a circle of Zhivago from a professor’s family. Zhivago had several children from this marriage, the most interesting thing is that during the whole novel it is the children from this marriage that remain alive. They live in Paris with their mother, and Zhivago’s very attitude to these children is interesting.

The second marriage was not officially entered into is a marriage with Lara Grishar (Antipova). The origin of Lara is very interesting, she was the daughter of a Belgian engineer.

Why did Pasternak use the image of a Belgian engineer? This is one of the important mythical moments.

In many family stories, one has heard that their ancestors come from a family that is different from the ethnic group or nation that they represent now. Sooner or later, a person will be alien to that culture and that society, the land on which he lives, which is what happens to Lara, the daughter of an early deceased Belgian engineer. Her actions are absolutely normal for her, but for the rest she looks like a stranger.

Pasternak draws a distinctive line between the women of Antonina, a man from the circle of Zhivago, who is his cousin and Lara, a man of another world, who is Belgian by nationality, and Belgium at that time was half Holland and half France and for all this girl was incomprehensible. The very concept of a Belgian engineer is a kind of stamp. Lara’s mother Russified Frenchwoman, this is also a stamp, here all the same, the origin of the father is more important.

Zhivago’s third marriage was with the daughter of a janitor, from this marriage there were also children whom he did not follow and from whom he left.

The element of Zhivago is embraced by life, but at the same time he makes the same mistakes, does not pay his debts, does not bear his direct duties, runs away from them. He acts like his father.

Zhivago did not raise a single child. Children from their first marriage were raised by Antonina, his first wife. we meet with a child from his second marriage at the end of the book in the role of a street child, who was brought up by the lowest class, working on the railway, who says that her father was a minister from White Mongolia, she does not even know that her father is Dr. Zhivago. Zhivago’s friends, seeing her, are worried that such a degradation has occurred and that the girl is not at all like Zhivago and has become a representative of the very poor circle. And this is not surprising, because Zhivago did not raise this child either. From the third marriage there were also children and Zhivago does not pay any attention to these children, as if they were not real children. He does not name them at all.

Zhivago’s demise is absolutely logical, he dies alone at a dirty tram stop in Moscow. Here Pasternak testified that Yuri Zhivago repeated the fate of his father Andrei Zhivago, just as a father once failed to pay his debts by committing suicide by abandoning and raising a child, and his son not paying off debts without raising children receives what he receives.

Here, another character is very important Evgraf Zhivago, illegitimate son of Andrei Zhivago with sharply Mongoloid features, he is the exact opposite of his father and brother Yuri. Pasternak does not give any information about his family, but shows how he cares about those people who in fact should be strangers to him, it is he who pays the debts of Zhivago. This gives Pasternak hope that the Zhivago clan will not be interrupted, that there is a Evgraf who closes all the genealogical holes and unfinished accounts that father and brother created.

Parsnip created wonderful images that are found in real life. On the example of the novel “Doctor Zhivago”, the concepts of unpaid bills were revealed a little, and why there are so many coincidences in the life of families.

According to a lecture by V. Semenov.

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