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  • Rubashovs Actions
    746 words
    The Saving Grace of Rubashov Despite its brevity Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler packs an enormous amount of thought provoking dialog and insight into what may go through the mind of someone who is going through an extreme ordeal. One theme which ran throughout the book was Rubashovs actions that were taken as matters of self-preservation and what he must do to atone for them. The first instance of this was on page 45 where he asked if it is necessary to pay for deeds that were necessary and...
  • Rubashov's Confession
    977 words
    Darkness At Noon In the novel, Darkness at Noon, by Koestler, Rubashov learns about himself, and makes an effort to cross the hazy lines between his conscience and his beliefs. Rubashov's realization of the individual aspect of morality is a gradual process, satisfying his internal arguments and questions of guilt. His confession to Gletkin reflects the logic that Rubashov had used (both by himself and his political regime), as well as his internal conflicts. He questioned the inferior value of ...
  • Communist Doctrine The Individual
    1,186 words
    The Conflict Between the Individual and the State and the Grammatical Fiction in Darkness At Noon 'The Party denied the free will of an individual-and at the same time exacted his willing self-sacrifice. ' The obvious contradiction of the above definition of the Communist party is depicts the conflict between the individual and the State in Arthur Koestler's novel Darkness at Noon. Koestler's protagonist Nicolas Salamanovich Rubashov, devout communist and former leader of the Communist party, fa...
  • Wrong Rubashov
    437 words
    In Darkness at Noon, by Arthur Koestler, the detailed story of Nicolas Salmanovich Rubashov is displayed. Rubashov, now in prison for political divergences, is torn between the evolving policies of the Party and his own ideology. Basically, he must choose between life (Party policy) and death (his own beliefs). During his incarceration, Rubashov unwraps his every thought. This gives the reader great insight into why Rubashov eventually admits to all charges, despite their falsehood, and is marty...
  • Rubashov As A Member Of The Party
    999 words
    Arthur Koestler: Darkness at Noon Revolutionary and political ethics Darkness at Noon is the second novel of a trilogy, which revolves around the central theme of revolutionary ethics, and of political ethics in general: the problem whether, or to what extent, a noble ends justifies ignoble means, and the related conflict between morality and expediency. The theme of the novel relates to the ever-present predicament faced by the leaders of any political party or revolutionary movement, from the ...
  • Rubashov's Interrogators
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    Before addressing one of the finest examples of modern literature, let's get one thing out of the way: President Bill Clinton bears no resemblance to Rubashov, the protagonist in Arthur Koestler's classic Darkness at Noon. At least not a positive one which he wanted aide Sidney Blumenthal to believe when he compared his own prosecution to that of Rubashov. Briefly, both men pleaded innocent before ultimately admitting their guilt. That's about where the similarity ends. Although certainly guilty...

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