Why did Gerasim drown Mumu?
The story of Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev "Mumu", written in 1852, tells the story of the life of the deaf-mute janitor Gerasim, who is in the ministry of the old lady. Gerasim had a sweetheart (washerwoman Tatiana) and a doggie Mumu. The reader feels that Gerasim has become attached to the dog Mumu, whom he once saved, did not let her drown. No mother could take care of the child as much as Gerasim cared for Mumu. The dogs at that time were considered the guards of the yard, the animals were perceived differently, and pity for them could not arise. No one but Gerasim. But the old mistress ordered him to drown Mumu because she barks at night. Gerasim could not disobey the order, drowned Mumu, but returned to the village. What could he feel, why did Gerasim drown Mumu, why did he not return to the village with the dog? The soul of man is a mystery.
The serf Gerasim lived at the mistress and was obliged to carry out all her orders. Serfdom humiliated the peasants, impunity reigned landowners.Why could he not disobey? Gerasim only at the very end realized how dependent his affection makes him. The mistress gradually took away everything that was dear to Gerasimus. She took away his beloved village, but he is a peasant, a real peasant. Did not leave him the usual and favorite work. Gerasim's beloved woman, Tatiana, married to a drunkard Kapiton. Tatyana always agreed with the lady, the humble woman. And even his joy, the dog Mumu, which Gerasim raised, she ordered to drown. The lady was only important his rest, she thought only of herself. As a serf, Gerasim did not dare to disobey the old lady, he could not fail to carry out her order. Whether it was a slave psychology, or remnants of serfdom. Someone talks about the Orthodox denial of the soul in animals.
Gerasim lost everything that was dear to him. At the end of the story, the author writes that Gerasim never started dogs again, never married. He realized that love, affection makes him vulnerable, dependent. Now he had nothing to do with the laws of serfdom, he had nothing more to lose. Could not come up with more punishment than he had already experienced.Gerasim went to the village, expressing his protest against the petty tyrant. He could not leave Mumu and be afraid that they would steal her again, take her far away, he could not give Gerasim his favorite creature to torment the enemy. That is why Gerasim drowned Mumu. He was in the trap of his love, while he had a warm affection for Mum in his soul.