How to write an EGE essay on the text of V. Astafyeva “One wish was for Lieutenant Boris Kostyayev: rather…”

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  • Text B. Astafyev “One wish was for Lieutenant Boris Kostyayev: rather to leave this farm, from the mutilated field away…”

Astafyev V.’s text on how Soviet soldiers treat prisoners. Some, gripped by hatred due to the deaths of relatives, could suddenly take up arms and start shooting. Others, realizing that such behavior is unacceptable and that it is difficult for a person to restrain themselves, save captured Germans. Such an event is described in the text.
“ V. Astafyev raises the problem of attitude to prisoners. The author describes a picture of military life soldiers. The action takes place in the village recaptured from the Germans. One of the soldiers here had relatives killed and he was in a very serious condition. Unable to cope with the hatred that engulfed him, the soldier began firing at the captured Germans. His companions took the machine gun away from him and calmed him down.”


Note the author’s use of the means of expressiveness: “The author details the behavior of a soldier blinded by a thirst for revenge using spacious words, for example, “fried”. His short angry cues are framed with numerous single-compound exclamation sentences.”


Further illustrating the problem can be shown on opposite examples of attitudes towards prisoners.
Astafyev V., illustrating the problem, gives an example of the opposite attitude towards prisoners. Lieutenant Boris Kostyayev even covered the Germans from shots. And the military doctor took care of enemies without dividing the wounded into his and other’s.
The staff sergeant also expressed concern for the German, gave him a smoke, looking at his bandaged hands, talked to him in a friendly way, asking the German about how he would continue to live, doubted whether he would take care of im the fuhrer. One lightly injured German helps a Russian doctor.


The next part of the essay should be the author’s relation to what is happening: “The author’s attitude to what is happening is expressed in sentence 56. It doesn’t matter who the person is by nationality, the invader or the protector. What matters is that the body hurts equally when a person is injured.”


The following paragraph is framed as its own relation to the author’s position and its understanding of the problem with argument: “I will perhaps agree with the the author’s position, although I understand the behavior of the soldier who hardened on the captives. In general, the position of the Soviet people during the war towards prisoners was humane. This showed its eternal valuable quality — humanity. An example of merciful behaviour may be Mary’s attitude towards a young German. It is about the heroine of V. Zakrutkin’s “Mother of Man.” First she wanted to stab him with a pitchfork. And then she took care of him as a son. Left alone in the cold and cold, Maria did not become embittered with the enemy. Unable to save from death, she buried him.”


In the conclusion it is possible to write about the relevance of this problem and reflect the main idea of humane attitude towards prisoners: “So, the problem of relation to prisoners is also important in our time when hostilities on the planet do not cease. It is clear that a person who is killed relatives, it is difficult to restrain himself. The main thing is to remain human, to preserve mercy, not to be like invaders.”

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