The Explanation of the Supernatural in Pushkin’s “The Queen of Spades” This literary study will explain the alternative explanations for the supernatural events that Pushkin describes in his story “The Queen of Spades.” The three primary explanations for the supernatural events in this story revolve around chance, literary illusion, and the physical reality of “doctored” cards used to cheat in card games. By understanding the supernatural premise of the story, the appearance of the Queen at the end of the novel suggests that there may not always be magical causes found in the story. In essence, the alternative explanations for the supernatural will be analyzed in Pushkin’s The Queen of Spades. The endless quest for winning at card games is...The end:
.....explains away the supernatural, as the Countess appears to find great pleasure in telling stories that appear to heighten the mythic or supernatural background of her family. Finally, Hermann is another example of Pushkin’s characterization of a conservative and logical man that only believes that card tricks are doctored or fixed in order to win. While the supernatural evidence in the story appears to be very real, these are the ways in which Pushkin blends a feeling rationale and realism into a story that is determinedly fantastic in its overall tone. Works Cited: Pushkin, Alexander. The Queen of Spades. Whitefish, MT: Kessinger Publishing, 2004. Shapiro, Michael. The Sense of Form in Literature and Language. New York: Create Space, 2009.