About the author:
Leo Tolstoy was born in 1928 in Tula Province, Russian. A master of realistic fiction and one of the world's greatest novelists, Tolstoy is best known for his finest novels: and Peace (1865 69) and Anna Karenina (1875-77). His shorter works include Ellie Death of Ivan Ilyich, The Living Corpse and The Kingdom of God is within You, in his last three decades, Tolstoy worked as a moral and religious teacher, an embodiment of nature and pure vitality. Though dead now, his soul lives as a living symbol of the search for life's meaning.
Episodes / sub-episodes
God Sees the Truth but Waits is a parabolic story about Ivan Dmitritch Aksionov, a meek young merchant with two shops in Vladimir, Russia.
Ivan bids his family and sets out on a Trade Fair in Nizhny despite his wife's premonition through a dream. Midway through the journey, he meets another merchant, and they put up at the same inn for the night. A rogue thug kills the merchant at night and flees, leaving his blood-stained knife in Aksionov's bag. Aksionov is arrested on suspicion and is sent to 'Siberia' for twenty-six years. On enquiry about his character, Vladimir people say that Ivan is now good after he stopped drinking.
However, even his wife now doubts him! Coincidentally, the rogue murderer, Makar Semyonich, is brought to prison for a minor offence, and Aksionov is severely disturbed by his presence that he feels like killing himself.
Makar commits another offence in prison, and Aksionov finds him, but the man begs him to keep quiet and not betray him, or he will kill him. Aksionov tells him he had killed him long ago, and he will do as God shall direct.
When the Governor implores Aksionov to tell him the truth about the prison offence, for he trusts only him, Aksionov refuses and tells him he can do what he likes with him as he is in his hands. At night the killer, Makar, confesses and begs Aksionov to forgive him.
As Makar sobs, Aksionov weeps, for he has no desire to leave the prison. When the order for his release comes, Aksionov is already dead.
Title of the story
Wrongful conviction and imprisonment.
The values of honesty, truth and justice are tested through this story.
The concept and context of truth.
Faith and devotion
Finally, he displays a strong religious devotion by growing closer to God during difficult times.
Style and Language use
The average human attribute is evile Discuss this assertion using illustrations from Leo Tolstoy's God Sees the Truth, but Waits, (20 marks)