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Darkness at Noon Exam Why does Nikolai Rubashov confess to crimes against the revolution that he has not committed? Altogether I remained a member of the Party for seven years. I joined the Party because it seemed to offer the only alternative to Nazism and Fascism; but also because, like Auden, Brecht, Malraux, Dos Passos, Silone, Picasso and other writers and artists of my generation, I felt irresistibly attracted by the utopian promise of a classless society which Russia held out to the Western world in the throes of economic depression and political crisis. Those critics who failed to appreciate this and considered the ‘Rubashov theory of the confessions’ as too far-fetched, seemed to have common sense on their side, but had no inkling of the magic attraction of totalitarian ideologies. But this was of a political than a literary event. Instant downloads of all 1364 LitChart PDFs How about getting full access immediately? *’born without an umbilical cord’. Gletkin, once a member of the peasantry himself, has internalized the logic of the Party leadership with all its ideological contradictions: he simultaneously claims that they are working for a society in which the masses hold all the power, while regarding this group with elitist paternalism. Gletkin seems not only to pretend that the false things he says are true, but to actually believe fervently in those falsehoods, unwilling or unable to see the contradictions inherent to what he’s saying—including the forced nature of Rubashov’s “voluntary” confession. This is a snobbish and elitist viewpoint, to be sure, though one that invites a greater possibility of obliquely contesting totalitarianism through irony and humor. Their fantastic self- accusations were not prompted by beatings and the promise of country datchas. When the battle was over, one the leading newspapers, summing up the campaign in its editorial, said that ‘the most important single factor which led to the defeat of the Communists in the referendum on the Constitution, was a novel, Le Zero et l'Infini [the French title]’. If one discounted those who were merely trying to save their necks, or trying to shield their families, or broke down under torture, there still remained a hard core of men with a revolutionary past of 30 or 40 years behind them, the veterans of Czarist prisons and Siberian exile, whose total and gleeful self-abasement remained inexplicable. Darkness at Noon Revision Notes RytitTy1334 Darkness at Noon Exam Why does Nikolai Rubashov confess to crimes against the revolution that he has not committed? This, other diversions, which I have described elsewhere (The Invisible Writing, The God That Failed, etc), postponed the final break with the Party until 1938. In some ways, the long length of time that Rubashov and Gletkin spend with each other begins to dismantle the border between interrogator and prisoner—perhaps another example of the way in which the ideology of instrumental reason and collectivity can never quite get away from the power of individual relationships. The opposition is not a powerful, threatening group. Outline the most important differences in the political mentality of interrogators- Ivanov and Gletkin? 402 may have scorned Rubashov for capitulating, but Rubashov does align with his fellow prisoner in retaining some sense of honor, even if that is only temporary resistance against both silence and sleep, and capitulation. LitCharts Teacher Editions. What political options are open to Rubashov after he is arrested?Following Rubashov’s arrest Ivanou gave rhe option of going through a public trial by confessing to certain acts, or having a private administrative trial, public trial: * This could lead to the discrediting and weakening of the ideology Rubashov held a high position within the party, and for him to be seen as a issident would have stirred other revolutionaries Would have made it more difficult for the party to discredit his views if Rubashov did not publically denounce himself Doesn’t serve the revolution * preserves his own honour in some ways hut is of no use to the greater good Confess: * Rubashov capitulates in order to serve the revolution and the party Although he was not guilty of anything he cannot find any reason in his mind not to capitulate.Rubashou has been a creature of the party for his whole lite, and now the party demands that he should confess Justice and objective ruth have ceased to have any meaning for him * He feels superior to his Czarist officer who inhabits the next cell, showing the differences in thought processes from d person ingrained with the party ideology versus the ‘bourgeois’ angle who would uphold his honour * The officer believes that honour is about doing what you think is right, an individualist perspective, where as Rubashou contends that to uphold the honour of the regime/rcwolution is more honourable.
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