The novel focuses on revolutionary leaders in the society who try to bring the required change in the country. Rubashov is the main character in the novel. In addition, he has a formidable enemy who even interrogates him when he is imprisoned. The enemy is known as Ivanov, he is also; unfortunately, short dead by a friend. The two leading characters have numerous similarities and differences in their character. For instance, they are both inhuman, intellectuals, and they are both…...
In Darkness at Noon, by Arthur Koestler, the detailed story of Nicolas Salmanovich Rubashov is displayed. Rubashov, now in prison for political divergences , is torn between the evolving policies of the Party and his own ideology. Basically, he must choose between life (Party policy) and death (his own beliefs). During his incarceration, Rubashov unwraps his every thought. This gives the reader great insight into why Rubashov eventually admits to all charges, despite their falsehood, and is martyred. Rubashov realizes…...
Darkness at Noon is the second novel of a trilogy, which revolves around the central theme of revolutionary ethics, and of political ethics in general: the problem whether, or to what extent, a noble ends justifies ignoble means, and the related conflict between morality and expediency. The theme of the novel relates to the ever-present predicament faced by the leaders of any political party or revolutionary movement, from the slave revolt in the first century to the Old Bolsheviks of the nineteen thirties. Revolutionary ethics…...
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