and Civilization 2
Svitlana Kobets, PhD
The Master and Margarita (discussion)
1. 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 (Homeless) and the Master.
2. What is the role/function in the novel of the psychiatric
3. Who of the novel’s authors write the truth? How does the
truth influence the authors’ lives?
4. How does Bulgakov realize in his novel the parallel
5. How does the novel realize the connection between
the masters and the disciples? Are the latter capable to continue the cause of
6. Discuss Jushua’s words that cowardice is the worst of
7. 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.”
8. What is the role and place of Variete show in the novel?
What other “shows” can be paralleled with this one?
9. Analyze the imagery of execution in the novel. Who and
why is executed? How important is this theme?
10. Compare Woland’s omniscience to that of other novel’s
11. Why in your opinion was the novel Master & Margarita not published in 1930s, the time when it was
written? What pointers to the Era of Terror do we find in this narrative?
12. Discuss the imagery of fire in the novel. What is set on
fire? What is consumed by fire? What is the connection between various episodes
containing fire and burning?
13. How does one resist Evil? Are the soviet citizens
unique in their conformity to the demands of the soviet state?
14. After having read Master
& Margarita, would you agree that it is a satirical work? Why or why
not? What place does satire occupy in this novel? What instances of satire did
you find the most memorable?