General consensus about the text:
There were mixed emotions about the text, although the plot of the story was a tad cliché, it
still fulfilled the role of a good read. As the cliché acted as a contrast to communist soviet
Everyone agreed that there was some pity felt for the main character.
The character’s personalities were all enjoyable, and it was interesting to watch them grow
First Topic: The main character
The main character in this extract was an important, wealthy and powerful Russian man.
Diagnosed with a cancer.
Although he is a powerful man, this scares him, becomes more superstitious.
Tries to use his wealth and power to get better healthcare and fails.
The hospital makes him feel mortal
Although he doesn’t have the nicest personality, we all empathised with this character.
Second topic: How the text is a contrast to communism in Russia
The whole text really acts as a contrast to communism in Russia.
The main character may have worked hard to get where he is today, so maybe should be
able to use his wealth for an advantage.
Russian expressions in this text emphasise this.
Third Topic: Doctors coming across as powerful
Although there aren’t many moments in this text that involve doctors, it is interesting to see
how they are portrayed when they are involved.
The main character goes into a lot of detail when describing the doctor in his opening scene.
We agreed that this was to emphasise the power and effect the doctor had on him and also
how it affected him.