Predestination and “The Fatalist” in Lermontov’s Hero of Our Time The last story of Mikhail Lermontov’s A Hero of Our Time – “The Fatalist” – is an extract from the journal of the novel’s protagonist, Pechorin, in which he describes an unusual incident from his past which addresses the question of fate and free will in human affairs. This essay will explore this story, and in particular its thematic focus on predestination, in terms of its greater significance in understanding A Hero of Our Time itself. As will be argued, predestination is important for Pechorin as it represents a validation of his approach to life, which may best be characterized as one of reckless egoism that is, at the same time, fundamentally passive. The theme of...The end:
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