Like certain masterful drawings or paintings, "Bezhin Meadow" is motionless but full of palpable, dynamic tensions of theme, line, and mood. The general structural composition of the Turgenev piece is fairly simple, framed by two specimens of the lyrical nature writing for which he is famous. Many of the sketches in the collection begin with a statement by the narrator about how, during his shooting excursions, he happened to be in a certain locality and ran into the people he intends to describe. There follows an atmospherically uncanny description of his hapless wanderings through landscapes that have suddenly become both less reassuring and more eerily haunting.
After a day of grouse shooting, the hunter who narrates the story starts homeward but becomes lost as night approaches. Growing increasingly uneasy as he wanders beside a wood, then along the boundary of a field, around a knoll, and into a hollow, he stops short at the very edge of an abyss.
At the bottom of the precipice he can barely perceive a broad river and a vast plain; he now knows where he is and descends to Bezhin Meadow, where five boys are clustered around two fires while keeping watch over a drove of grazing horses.
The narrator describes the boys, who range in age from fourteen to seven. The one who stands out from the others is twelve-year-old Pavlusha, who appears to be the leader, as the narrator, lying quietly apart from the boys, observes while listening to their conversation.
The conversation around the fire resumes, again concerning tales about the dead, the supernatural, wood-demons, and water sprites.
The boys share the few potatoes they have been cooking in a small pot, and Pavlusha goes off for some water. When he returns, they settle down to sleep in the deep silence that precedes dawn. The hunter awakes just before sunrise, nods goodbye to Pavlusha, the only one of the boys who wakes up, and sets off for home as the sun rises and everything returns to life—the river, the hills, the creatures of the meadow.
He hears a bell, then the drove of horses passes him, chased by the boys. In the last paragraph, the hunter adds regretfully that Pavlusha died some months later in a fall from a horse.A Master's level essay presenting a literary analysis of Ivan Turgenev's masterpiece "Bezhin Meadow," including an analysis of theme, plot, .
This section has stories where people feel an affinity to the outdoors, or nature features prominently in the action for good or bad. The setting is often an important part of the plot.
"Bezhin Meadow" ("Bezhin lug"), one of the pieces collected in Ivan Turgenev's volume A Sportsman's Sketches (also A Huntsman's Sketches; originally published as Zapiski Okhotnika) is indeed more sketch than short story proper: it is held together not by a linear plot but by a set of. Turgenev's "Bezhin Meadow" and by carrying his argument into three facets of his work: portrait, conversation, and setting.
"Night Conversation" can thus be seen as marking a crucial transition in the. In the short story “Bezhin Meadow” by Ivan Turgenev and taken from the collection of A Hunter's Sketches ("Zapiski okhotnika") the narrator is .
Short story: Short story, brief fictional prose narrative that is shorter than a novel and that usually deals with only a few characters. The short story is usually concerned with a single effect conveyed in only one or a few significant episodes or scenes.
The form encourages economy of setting, concise.