Can someone explain The Master and Margarita to me?
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So, what are the clues I should have noticed when reading the book? What is the significance of Woland's ball? Why is the Master being rewarded? Why did Pilate kill Judas?
I would love some hints to get me started on answering these questions, but would also love to hear your fuller explanations!
But your question is kind of like saying "I just finished reading the Bible and I think I missed a lot -- what should I know?" I mean, The Master and Margarita is one of the most-discussed novels in Russian literature; there are shelves and shelves of books and articles discussing it, so you shouldn't expect a satisfying explanation here! This site might get you started if you want to dig in:
I do know the Bible, though, and I think that Mikhail Bulgakov was making statements about religious persecution, although I don't know enough to say more than that.
This is definitely not a book that one can understand in the first go-round. I'd imagine there are rooms filled with Ph.D. theses on this title, so I give myself a break. Also, I find that difficult books such as this are best read with a group of people so you get a wider variety of opinions, information, and observations.
The Russian novels are great for we (us?) obsessive types. That suits me right down to the ground.
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