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„Тъмният герой“ на Вазов и неподчинението на авторитета
Vazov’s ‘dark hero’ and the disobedience to authority

Author(s): Strashimir Tsanov
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Bulgarian Literature
Published by: Шуменски университет »Епископ Константин Преславски«
Keywords: test; authority; obedience; disobedience; God; social situation; power

Summary/Abstract: The paper deals with ’A Dark Hero’ - a representative text from Vazov’s social prose. Its social-psychological problematics has been interpreted through the prism of the books ’Obedience to Authority: An Experimental View’and ‘The Lucifer Effect. Understanding How Good People Turn Evil’ by Stanley Milgram and Philip Zimbardo. It analyses how Nenko –the main character – overcomes the ordeal forced on him by the social situation and the authority of the powers that be. These observations lead to the conclusion that the disobedience to authority, through which Nenko preserves his moral purity, is a result of his Christian morality and his ability to balance the acceptance of time and not to fall into the trap of living only for the present.

  • Issue Year: 2020
  • Issue No: 5
  • Page Range: 144-159
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Bulgarian