Literary Criticism We never know what might happen tomorrow or the future but have you ever thought of losing your nose mysteriously and imagined it coming to reality? Unfortunately, in the surrealist story “The Nose” by Nikolai Gogol, a collegiate assessor named Major Kovalev with an unbounded astonishment discovered that his nose was missing from its natural spot. Major Kovalev was shocked, frightened and sober just like any other person would naturally behave or react about a missing nose. Kovalev is a respectful man who walked Nevsky Prospect on a daily routine and was ultimately a ladies man.
Major Kovalev is a realistic character because he has a determined spirit, shows human emotion, and an overly self confident demeanor. Most people don’t necessarily have a determined act of walking out to go find their missing nose. It is pretty unbelievable for a nose to just come off magically without a person getting hurt or seeing blood gushing out from the face. Major Kovalev woke to check the pimple that had broken out the other night before with a mirror, but felt a flat surface and realized his nose missing. He was strongly determined to go find it out there even though he didn’t know its whereabouts.
Kovalev then saw his nose getting down from a carriage walking into the Karzan cathedral and hurriedly chased after, but while getting close to the nose with a brave heart he didn’t know how to approach it. The nose denied knowing him and walked away from Kovalev, so Major Kovalev kept moving on and went to the newspaper station to place an advertisement about his missing nose. As a normal person would behave if any part of their body were mysteriously missing especially their nose, they probably would get scared or freaked out.
That is also how Major Kovalev when he discovered his nose was missing from its natural spot. He was afraid that something evil had happened to him so early in the morning. Kovalev thought it was all a joke because he hasn’t seen or heard a person waking up to a missing nose. Also his huge fear was that he would never find his nose ever again not now, not ever and not in the nearest future. For a story as short and surreal as this one by gazing through the speculation of Major Kovalev’s psychological insight, he feels like he is an overly self confident demeanor.
Kovalev was a very insecure snob and didn’t like his civil service status. Glancing back at the story it quotes that “…. it goes without saying that Collegiate Assessors who acquire the title with the help of academic diplomas cannot be compared with Collegiate Assessors who become Collegiate Assessors through service in the Caucasus, for the two species are wholly distinct, […] Now, Kovalev was a “Caucasian” Collegiate Assessor, and had, as yet, borne the title for two years only.
Hence, unable ever to forget it, he sought the more to give himself dignity and weight by calling himself, in addition to “Collegiate Assessor,” “Major. “…. ”. It seems that Major Kovalev wasn’t really into academic stuffs, which bothers him so much that he had to beef up his title in order to give himself more dignity in the society. Altogether, Major Kovalev is an astonishing realistic character because he believes he was better than anyone else, showed natural human emotions like others will and had a determined spirit to go find his nose.
Most people wouldn’t even bother looking for their nose cause they know it will never be found. They probably would have giving up on themselves and their search for their lost nose. The other exciting question is what would you do if you found your nose in the city creating a new image for itself when your still left alone with a flat surface?