In the reading world, an opinion has been established that the founder of fiction about Cossacks is Nikolai Vasilyevich Gogol with his famous story “Taras Bulba”. Then this theme was powerfully continued by Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin “The Captain’s Daughter” and poems, Leo Tolstoy with the novel “Cossacks” and Mikhail Aleksandrovich Sholokhov “Don Stories” and the novels “Quiet Flows the Don”, “Virgin Soil Upturned”.
In the greatest work of M. Sholokhov, “Quiet Flows the Don”, the history of the Cossacks during the turbulent time from 1912 to 1922 is depicted very well. In this work, Sholokhov reflected the peculiar way of life of the Cossacks, and their traditions, culture and customs. The novel is full of events in socio-political life, which had a great influence on the fate of the Don Cossacks. The main characters of the work are people with vivid individual characters, strong passions, difficult destinies. In The Quiet Flows the Don, the author affirms a simple truth, telling us that the meaning of human life consists in work, in love, and concern for children. It is these values that underlie the morality of the Cossacks, whose tragic fate at the beginning of the 20th century was so fully and widely shown by Sholokhov in his remarkable novel.
Плужникова Елизавета Евгеньевна, ученица 9 “В” класса, МБОУ г. Шахты Ростовской области “Гимназия имени А.С. Пушкина”