In Leo Tolstoy’s story “God Sees the Truth, But Waits,” why did the author include In the story, Tolstoy tells us that In prison Aksionov learnt to make boots, and. In God Sees the Truth, But Waits by Leo Tolstoy we have the theme of guilt, forgiveness, faith, conflict, freedom and acceptance. Narrated in the. LEO TOLSTOY’S “GOD SEES THE. TRUTH, BUT WAITS”. GARY R. JAHN. It is well known that in the late ‘s Tolstoy passed through a spiritual crisis which.

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Skip to main content. Log Tolstoj Sign Up. Behbud Muhammedzade Prepared by: In spite of the fact that this story is a realistic fiction, it attracted our attention due to the allegory it implies and the significance of the values it reveals. Above all, it could happen physically. Thus, this paper aims to analyze the story literary and provide necessary illustration. The major characteristics of a short story are considered in which we discuss about plot, conflict, characters, themes, tone, and personal value.

In each aspect, we develop and prove with good evidences. He was the youngest among his four brothers.

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He was only 18 months old when his mother died after giving birth to a baby girl. Later on, inTolstoy’s father died and they were brought up by their aunt.

After she passed away, he and his siblings went to Kazan, Russia to live with their second aunt. Tolstoy received his education at home by German and French tutors. His teachers described him as “both unable and unwilling to learn.

God Sees the Truth, But Waits

InTolstoy went with his older brother to the Caucasus and joined the army. During his service in army, he worked on his very first writings autobiographical story called Childhood. In it, he wrote about his fondest childhood memories. Then it was followed by Boyhood in and Youth in Tolsyoy the war ended, he left the army, returned to Russia and declared himself an anarchist.

Upon his returning to Yasnaya Polyana, he set up a school for the village children and settled down to run the estate. On September 23 rd inTolstoy married Sophia Andreyevna Behrs and for nearly twenty years he lived a settled life on his estate. In Junehis wife had the first of their 13 children. These years were considered as golden era for him in which he wrote some of his best known novels such as War and Peace.

Then suddenly in one of his trips in Septemberstopping in the village of Arzamas for the night, he experienced an yb crisis so violent that he 1 “Leo Tolstoy.

He felt he had met his own death. He described this moment in Memoirs of a Madman: It was harrowing, painfully sharp, and awful. In two years, three of his children died and he become desperate. He lost the will to live and became preoccupied by the idea of suicide. His long essay A Confession published in shows the state of despair into which he sank. Fortunately, he had his talent back and started writing Anna Karenina and took seven years of time to complete it.

During this period, he wrote many short stories such as God Sees the Truth, but Waits. He found religion as an outlet to overcome his crises and started searching for a meaning of life and rebelled against the dogma and ritual of Orthodox Church.

As a result, inhe was excommunicated. After years of increasing friction with his wife, Tolstoy renounced his aristocratic life and left his home in late October He became ill and died in a railroad station at Astapovo,Russia, ten days later, on November 7, at the age of eighty- two. Title of the Lo and Tolstoy The title of the story holds an implied allegorical meaning according to the plot. Having a first look to the title God sees the Truth, But waits arouses buy question why God waits as long as He sees the truth?


The story has an obvious relationship with the author Leo Tolstoy; it was first published inthe rtuth that Tolstoy was experiencing his journey looking for a meaning to the life then finally found the religion as the most proper to get over the burdens of anxieties he suffered from. Plot Summary The story begins with describing a young handsome merchant whose name is Ivan Dmitrich Aksionov who lives in Vladimir with his family.

Ivan used to drink too much when he was young but after got married, he settled down. On a summer day, he plans to go to Nizhny fair and prepares himself; his wife pleads him not to go saying that she saw a bad dream about him that all his hair turned to grey after his return from the town in her dream.

But Ivan laughs as if he does not care and goes on the fair. He meets another merchant on his way; they together continue their venture and stop in an inn for the night. While staying in 5 Jahn, Gary R.

Since Ivan is not used to sleep for long hours, he wakes in the early morning and decides to continue his journey without the other merchant.

After traveling twenty-five miles, he stops to feed the horses and brings out his guitar and starts playing it. Suddenly a troika stops, an officer alights from it followed by two soldiers and starts to interrogate with Ivan asking about the merchant whom he met and stayed together in the inn, since he was found with his throat cut.

Ivan swears that he has not done the crime but his face was down, pale and he was trembling with fear. The officer orders the soldiers to bind Ivan and take him to the cart since all evidences points out Ivan to be guilty. His wife becomes despaired and pays a visit to Ivan in the prison with her children and a one on her breast, but after much begging, they let her to see him.

She tells Ivan they must petition to Czar, and they try but it was not accepted by Czar. Then she remembers her dream and tells Ivan it was not for nothing she had that dream. She asks Ivan about what happened, he tells her everything in details, but she reassures again by asking him to tell the truth whether he made the crime or no?

Here Ivan becomes even sadder when hears this from her. The officer comes and asks his wife to leave, and Ivan says good- bye to them for the last time. After they are gone, he recalls what has been said and even his wife now suspects him He thinks that only God knows the truth and He is the only one who he should appeal and ask mercy from. Ivan gives up all the hope and stops writing petition. He only prays for God. Later on, Ivan is sent to Siberia. But now he is a well grounded and God-fearing man, he has dedicated his life to God and lives 6 Chain.

Ivan knows no news about his family and knows not whether his wife is alive or dead.

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Then One day, a fresh gang of convicts come to the prison. The old prisoners gather around the new comers and ask them of which cities they come from and what they were sentenced for. Among the new convicts, there is a tall man in his sixties named Makar Semyonich, he tells the other that he is in the prison for nothing but he should have been there for something he has done before, and declares that he is from Vladimir.

Ivan asks him if he knows anything about the merchants of Aksionov in Vladimir. Makar assures that Aksionov merchants are now rich and their father is convicted in Siberia like him. Makar asks Ivan for the for why he is sentenced, but Ivan does not utter a word, then the prisoner tells Makar all the story. Makar slaps his knee and happily tells Ivan that is wonderful he meets him there but tells Ivan that he has grown old.


Ivan wonders that perhaps Makar knows the person who killed the merchant. But Makar replies that the killer must be the one whose knife was in his bag, then Makkar tells Ivan how is possible that someone else put the knife in his bag while it was under his head.

He miserably feels unhappy and recalls his old memories, children, wife and all the twenty-six years of his prison. So wretched, Ivan thinks to take revenge upon Makkar, but then just avoids him at the day for not seeing him, and keeps awake the whole night repeating the prayers, though not obtaining peace.

Until one night, Ivan sees some earth rolling out from the shelves where the prisoners sleep. He goes out and sees Makar. Makar tells him not to tell a word about what he has witnessed or else he will kill him. Ivan trembles with anger but says that God will direct everything.

Next day, the soldiers discover the secret tunnel and 7 Sunmin,Lee. The Governor takes Ivan alone and tells him to speak what he knows about the secret tunnel. At the beginning, Ivan thinks to tell the Governor everything, but then changes his mind as he knows Makar will be flagged to death and thinks his suspect about him might not be right. At the night when Ivan is on his bed, Makar quietly gets close to him and begs him for forgiveness.

Ivan asks him what for to forgive him? Makar confesses to him he was the one who killed the merchant. Ivan does not forgive him at the first, Makar beats his head byt the floor and starts sobbing. Ivan as well weeps and forgives him. Mara says that he would confess to the officer the truth of the murder; hence, Ivan obtains his freedom.

After Ivan grants Makar forgiveness, his heart grows light tolstky no more has the desire to leave the prison just waits for his last hours. Conflicts The issues presented in the story are mainly concerned with the protagonist Ivan, and shows how he deals with them and tackles. The main problem showed is the murder case of the merchant, whom Ivan has been charged with and sentenced for twenty-six years of prison. Throughout the story, we are exposed to different sorts of conflicts yod as man versus man, man versus himself, man vs.

The conflicts could be presented as a series of sequences due to their correlation and linking together.

For instance, in the first part of the story when Ivan coincidently meets a merchant and they decide to continue their trip together. While stopping in an inn for one night, Ivan leaves the merchant the next day and starts his travel alone. Ivan here struggles to prove himself as not being guilty but the waita find a bloody knife in his bag, and he gets arrested.

Yet, in the second part of the story Ivan confronts with the authority again while they discover a secret tunnel made for eloping. The Governor interrogates with Ivan to tell his knowledge truthfully about the tunnel. Here, this conflict leads to other two types of conflicts which are man versus himself and man versus man.

Since Ivan knows the truth about the tunnel, as he found Makar digging it at the middle of the night, he had been threatened to be killed by Makar if he says a word about it. Ivan experiences an inner struggle whether to tell the truth or not, from one side he wishes to reveal the truth to take his avenge upon Makar, but at the same time, he decides not to tell it as he thinks he might be wrong for his suspension of Makar being the true murderer of the merchant.