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I have neither father nor mother, you alone are left me," a poor lonely boy writes his grandfather on Christmas eve with angst and pain. He had been raised by his grandfather until age prevented his grandfather from doing so. Without a formal education, Vanka was forced to leave his grandfather.
To obtain food and shelter, Vanka took a apprenticeship with a local shoemaker. His master, Alyahin, used Vanka as a slave instead of an understudy. Just one day prior, his master took Vanka outside to beat him. Although this was not a job for a apprentice, Vanka did odd jobs to appease the lord of the house.
Unhappily, he stayed for he had no where else to turn. His master and the family had gone to Christmas Eve Mass for the evening. Vanka always took advantage of church time as a chance to rest and relax.
He took out pen and paper to recall his feelings. Vanka sat there and began to remember, for fond memories were the only escape from the job he called hell. His grandfather was the only family Vanka knew and his thoughts of the lovely old man were the only happiness he ever knew.
Vanka kept a vivid and colorful memory of his grandfather.
Called to his memory were the pets that his grandfather kept and how each of them had personalities of their own. With his master, he found no such joy. Vanka tried to improve his performance when persecuted for his improper work ability, but not ever to the satisfaction his master.
Too often Vanka was beaten or mistreated and he could not recall a day in weeks when he did not recieve bread and porrage as a meal. Exhausted and saddened, Vanka pleaded with his grandfather to remove him from the hands of the master. Vanka fills his letter with promises and pleas.
Vanka would give anything to avoid living with his master. As Vanka wrote, his mind slipped to warm memories that only drew him closer to the realization of his need to escape.
As Vanka finshed the letter, he sealed it in an envelope he had purchased with his last bit of change. Vanka had thought about mailing this letter and had asked men on the street about how he should mail the package.
The men informed Vanka that all mail was sent out from the mail boxes. Vanka wrote the address: With hopes, that night Vanka fell asleep into a dream-filled slumber of images of his grandfather. Illnesses and death often left young children alone to defend themselves. Forced to work at a young age, Vanka did not recieve a formal education.
The lack of education created a perpetual downfall for Vanka. The lack of education was what required him to obtain a job in a craft field.
Lack of education was also the reason Vanka will never be rescued by his grandfather. This ignorance creates an ironic parallel between his lifew and his freedom. The unaddresses letter never reached his grandfather.
An additional bit of irony can be found in the religious aspects of the master and his family. As brutal and harsh people, the family, both the master and the mistress abuse and take advantage of Vanka. After causing the child so much pain and torture, they attend church on a regular basis.
Vanka sat there and began to remember, for fond memories were the only escape from the job he did. A desperate cry for help made by the orphaned nine year old Vanka Zhukov on Christmas Eve.
Exhausted and abused, Vanka makes a desperate plea to his grandfather, Konstantin Makarich, a night watchman in an adjacent town, to take him away from his hell. Left on his own, after the untimely death of his parents, Vanka has been made an apprentice to a shoemaker who constantly abuses and underfeeds him.
His last hope and means of escape lie within his last kinsman, his grandfather. The story focuses on the memories that Vanka tries to relive while writing a letter to his dear old grandfather. Most kids really look up to their parents, and even siblings, to show them the facts of life.
Children are dependent upon their parents for every basic necessity.Vanka By Anton Chekhov. NINE-YEAR-OLD Vanka Zhukov, who had been apprenticed three months ago to Alyakhin the shoemaker, did not go to bed on Christmas eve.
He waited till his master and mistress and the senior apprentices had gone to church, and then took from the cupboard a bottle of ink and a pen with a rusty nib, spread out a . List of the best short story writers of all time. From Voltaire to George Saunders, a complete list of the greatest short story authors who have written works in English or whose works have been translated into English.
Usually, short fiction features a small cast of characters and is. Vanka sat there and began to remember, for fond memories were the only escape from the job he did.
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