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If you read Chekhov's stories, you will certainly find the picture of his brother very interesting. Vanka Zhukov, who wrote a letter to his grandfather, existed only in our imagination.
Now it comes to life and acquires quite lively features. It is immediately clear what he wrote about in his letter to his grandfather. He does not just complain about his hard life. You can read the real feelings of the hero and understand his life.
Vanya in the picture harmoniously complements the literary image created by Chekhov. We see a ten year old boy. At such a young age he was sent to study as a shoemaker. From this time, he begins to learn the world from its reverse side. Life is becoming almost unbearable.
The boy hears only threats, he is constantly beaten. It is likely that the teacher himself once lived in exactly the same conditions. It was these bashing that caused him to forget that in the world there is a place for kindness and mercy. He was not given to understand that not everyone can constantly maintain such an attitude. Vanya is also unable to endure it anymore, and asks his grandfather to pick him up.
The painter manages to create a truly lively image of a boy. We see a large cap, which is heavily jammed on the head of the hero. The clothes are simply great to him. But at the same time we see that she is really neat. Vanka got used to working constantly from early childhood. He used to tidy himself up and it is commendable.
The artist focuses our attention on the look of the hero. On his face one can read complete longing and complete doom. We feel that he missed his native village, his beloved grandfather and his whole past life. He does not cry, as he has forgotten how to do it already. Roly had to grow up too early. He is doomed to look at the world.
Chekhov conveys his special love for the hero with the help of special details of the boy’s appearance, flowers in clothes. Such an attitude is involuntarily transmitted to us. We are imbued with special sympathy for Vanka.