ME Saltykov-Shchedrin "Karas-idealist": a summary of the tale

Karas-idealist, like many other Saltykov-Shchedrin tales, has a social orientation. The image of the hero of the fairy tale reflected not only the opinion of the author himself, but also the entire progressive intelligentsia of that time, who believed that universal happiness was not a utopia, but a real attainable state of social structure. "Karas-idealist" was intended for publication in the March issue of "Notes of the Fatherland" (1884). But, being convinced that it was impossible to publish a fairy tale in Russia, the writer directed it to the “Common Cause”. It was the first print of Shchedrin's work “Karas-idealist”. Summary of tales in this article.

Ruff and crucian

Argued as a carp and ruff. One believed that you can live by the truth, and the second argued that you can not live without deception. Crucian shouted that this is meanness. Buried in the mud, the crucian thought a lot and shared his thoughts with the ruff. Often they argued.But the first usually started carp, they say, the struggle will not lead to anything good and should strive for light. Ruff smirked, there probably will not be pike? The crucian carp had never heard of pike and was sure that it was all fiction. The ruff scoffed and swam.

When they met, the crucian started his favorite song about the triumph of good. He was sure that bad deeds would be confounded sooner or later. As an example, he cited the methods of catching fish - from fishing with a hook, they go over to fishing rods and nets. Ruff was sure that there was no difference what method in the ear to please. And the crucian didn’t hear anything about the fish soup. And the ruff angrily went away.

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Invitation to dispute

We continue to retell "Karas-idealist", a summary of the tale, with the news of the pike. Once he brought a ruff to hear that a pike had appeared, and it was time for a crucian to pick up its feathers so that it was more convenient for it to swallow it. The crucian was indignant, saying that there was no such fault for him that could be punished. Carp dreamed of harmony and peace between fish. Ruff from such words juggled. Heard them somehow chub. And the ruff got angry and swam away, grumbling that everyone had their own food - crucians eat shells, and pike - crucians.

The crucian thought over the words of the ruff. And I realized that the shells are designed to be fed by nature itself. And if he meets a pike, he will ask about virtue, which is supposedly not good for fish to eat other fish. So the carp and reasoned, until the chub arrived and invited him to a dispute to the pike. The crucian carp was not afraid - after all, he knew an important, almost magical word, which he would make from “pike carp”.

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Meeting with pike

We conclude the summary of the "Karas-idealist" with a meeting of pike and crucian. He began to tell her about the equality of fish. Pike was genuinely surprised - you won't be fed up with shells and worms. She didn’t like this division of labor: who is better, more powerful, and weak, so they will be fed from their works? Most of all, the pike was angry that in this situation, she also needs to work. As soon as the pike was silenced, the crucian carp surrounded the heads and took into custody. But the restless crucian in the evening again came to the dispute, and allowed him to say a word to the pike. The carp splashed its tail with joy and proclaimed - is it known to her, pike, what is a virtue? The pike opened her mouth in surprise, and along with a sip of water, the crucian accidentally swallowed. Each has its own truth.Ruff, who foresaw everything, only said: "Here they are, disputes, what are they like!"

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