Gambling theme in Russian literature

Gambling had a prominent place in the life of the propertied and educated class of XVIII – XIX centuries. It is not easy to explain the roots of this complex social – psychological phenomenon: crave for excitement, the desire to escape from the boredom of daily life, but the first and foremost reason, of course, is the ability to gain. Easily and quickly.

We don’t know exactly, but the card game was so popular in everyday life that it got reflected in the Russian literature.

In some works the vicissitudes of the card game make the plot of the story, or, at least, determined the character and motives of the main characters. “The Queen of Spades” by Pushkin, “Masquerade” by¬† Lermontov “Players” by Gogol, “The Two Hussars,” some chapters of “War and Peace” by Tolstoy, Chekhov’s stories

What is your favorite? )

Photo: Vene Teater, Gogol “Players”


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