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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God Sees the Truth, But Waits by Leo Tolstoy

Tolstoy also appears to be exploring the theme of guilt. He sings now only in the choir of the prison church and is esteemed by his fellow prisoners and the prison authorities for his gravity and meekness. However it might also be significant that Aksyonof feels redeemed while in prison.

The following are a brief introduction to each one of them: Summarizing this line in brief, one may say that the protagonist passes from worldly success to worldly wretchedness in the first half of the story, and in the second half this process is repeated more intensely as he passes from wretchedness to death.

He was only 18 months old when his mother died after giving birth to a baby girl.

The second one is the prison which symbolizes his tragedy and grief, while home was the object of his longing and desire. One day the guards notice that someone had been strewing dirt around the grounds, and they search the prison and find a tunnel. Aksionov tried to pass without looking at him, but Makar seized his hand and told him that he had dug a hole under the wall, getting rid of the earth by putting it into his high-boots, and emptying it out every day on the road when the prisoners were driven to their work.


In the first half Aksenov is tried, convicted, scourged, and deported. Because of the tension that is produced by the structure of the story, the reader comes to understand that the life of the protagonist has involved a spiritual as well as a material journey. The Governor interrogates with Ivan to tell his knowledge truthfully about the tunnel. Makar is described as a tall strong man in his sixties. There definitely is a positive message in the story.

He meets another merchant on his way; they together continue their venture and stop in an inn for the night. The fact which Tolstoy wants to teach the readers is that God is the only one who knows the complete truth about everything, including our realities. It is for this reason that Aksyonof is finally freed. Conclusion In this essay, it is been attempted to analyze all the literary important characteristics of the short storyof God Sees the Truth, but Waits by the famous Russian novelist, essay writer and philosopher Leo Tolstoy.

This page was last edited on 29 Septemberat This work is a translation and has a separate copyright status to the applicable copyright protections of the original content. Having guessed that Makar was the real murderer, he was consumed by longing for his former life. Closely related to the symbol of Aksenov’s home is that yruth the prison. truhh

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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. After the initial conversation in each half of the story there follows a narrative account of the protagonist’s subsequent actions.

The protagonist’s emotional response to his confrontation with the authorities is quite dissimilar in either half of the story. Above all, it could happen physically. Having guessed that Makar was the real murderer, he begins longing for his former life, home, wife and children.


His money and goods were taken from him, and he was sent to the nearest town and imprisoned there. Among the rest Aksionov sat down near the newcomers, and listened with downcast air to what was said. They all denied any knowledge of it. First, it draws attention to the two main events in the protagonist’s life as climactic situations resulting in a profound change in both the outward and inward character and progress of his life.

It was harrowing, painfully sharp, and awful.

They entered the house. Suddenly Makar Semyonich crept out from under the shelf, and looked up at Aksionov with frightened face.

On “God Sees the Truth, But Waits”

While stopping in an inn for one night, Fhe leaves the sres the next day and starts his travel alone. The prison authorities discover the tunnel before it is completed. This line of development is the specific function of the symmetry of like to like in the story.

Reprinted from Studies in Short Fiction 3 Retrieved from ” https: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. For further studies, it is worth comparing Tolstoy’s themes of God Sees the Truth, but Waits with other short stories of other writers of the same era to figure out the differences and similarities.

A man has been killed and Aksyonof is the prime suspect. Also Aksyonof gives up on petitioning the Tsar. How could any one put a knife into your bag while it was under your head? Dermot Post Author May 25, 8: It is also possible that Tolstoy is suggesting that in time the truth will prevail.