The image of Katerina in the play "Thunderstorm" perfectly contrasts with the gloomy realities of Russia in the pre-reform period. In the epicenter of the unfolding drama is the conflict between the heroine, which strives to defend its human rights, and the world in which all are ruled by strong, rich and powerful people.
Katerina as the embodiment of a pure, strong and bright folk soul
The image of a bird is an accurate representation of the heroine's state of mind
The image of Katerina in the play "Storm" can not be better compared with the image of a bird, in folk poetry symbolizing freedom. Talking with Varvara, she repeatedly turns to this analogy and claims that she is a "free bird that has fallen into an iron cage." In captivity, she is melancholy and burdensome.
Life of Katerina in the house of the Kabanovs. Love of Katerina and Boris
In the house of the Kabanovs Katerina, who is inherent in dreaminess and romanticism, feels completely alien. The humiliating reproaches of mother-in-law, accustomed to keeping all household members in fear, the atmosphere of tyranny, lies and hypocrisy depress the girl. However, Katerina, who is a strong person, by nature, knows that her patience has a limit: "I do not want to live here, so I will not, even though you cut me!" Varvara's words that without cheating in this house can not survive, Cause Katerina sharp rejection. The heroine confronts the "dark kingdom", his orders did not break her will to live, fortunately, did not make her become like other inhabitants of the Kabanovs' house and start to hypocrite and lie at every turn.
The way and laws that prevail in the world surrounding the girl, press on her. She aspires to repent of her deed, purify her soul. Seeing on the wall in the church a picture of the "Last Judgment", Katerina does not stand, falls to her knees and begins publicly repent of sin. However, even this does not bring the girl the desired relief. Other heroes of the drama "Thunderstorm" Ostrovsky are not able to support it, even a loved one. At the request of Katerina to take her away from here, Boris refuses. This person is not a hero, he simply can not protect himself or her beloved.
The death of Catherine is a ray of light that illuminates the "dark kingdom"
Nevertheless, the death of the heroine was not in vain. The girl won a moral victory over the "dark kingdom", she managed to dispel the gloom in the hearts of people, encourage them to act, open their eyes. The life of the heroine itself became a "ray of light," which blazed in the darkness and for a long time left its glow over the world of madness and darkness.