and Civilization 2
Svitlana Kobets, PhD
1. Mikhail Bulgakov and his novel “The Master and Margarita” (lecture)
2. The Master and Margarita (discussion)
1. When Bezdomnyi and Berlioz meet Woland they think that he
is a foreigner and suspect him of insanity? Why?
2. A number of the novel’s characters go mad. What are the
reasons of their madness? How does their madness change their personalities?
Discuss in this relation Ivan Bezdomnyi and the Master.
3. What is the role/function in the novel of the psychiatric
4. Who are the writers in this novel? What do they write?
5. Who of the novel’s authors write the truth? How does the
truth influence the authors’ lives?
6. Who relates the events of Yeshua’s story?
7. Discuss the novel’s story about the wandering preacher Yeshua
Ha-Notsri. Does it reflect the canonical story of Jesus Christ found in the
four gospels? Do Yeshua’s life story and teachings reflect accepted Christian interpretations?
8. Does Yeshua’s idea that all people are good fall within
9. How does Bulgakov realize in his novel the parallel
10. How does the novel realize the connection between
the masters and disciples? Are the latter capable to continue the cause of
11. What kind of a person is Pontius Pilate? Does his image
coincide with the one we know from the four canonical gospels and the
12. Does Yeshua recognize Pilate’s position of power? What
is his opinion regarding the secular power? What is the place of his ideas in
the novel’s discussion of the theme of power?
13. Discuss Jushua’s words that cowardice is the worst of
14. Why does Pontius conclude that Yeshua is insane?
15. Discuss the novel’s epigraph, “and so, who are you after
all?—I am part of the power which forever wills evil and forever works good.”