Seven phrases of blessed Nikolka (the role and significance of the Holy Fool image in Alexander Pushkin's tragedy «Boris Godunov»)



In article the author analyzes the role and significance of the God’s Fool named Nikolka’s character in Alexander Pushkin's tragedy “Boris Godunov”.The author puts forward a view that the God’s Fool is in fact the central character of the Pushkin's tragedy, the spiritual axis and the core of the narrative. The article points to the fact that the God’s Fool is a prophet recognizing in Tsar Boris a killer and, with logical inevitability - an impostor in “Prince Dimitri”. Nikolka appears as a character free from mass obsession and delusion engulfing Russia and a symbol of hope of deliverance.

General Information

Keywords: Greek conformity, the Caucasian languages, the language of interaction.

Journal rubric: World Literature. Textology

Article type: scientific article


For citation: Kurkin B.A. Seven phrases of blessed Nikolka (the role and significance of the Holy Fool image in Alexander Pushkin's tragedy «Boris Godunov») [Elektronnyi resurs]. Âzyk i tekst = Language and Text, 2019. Vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 4–15. DOI: 10.17759/langt.2019060301. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Boris A. Kurkin, Doctor of Law, Professor, Associate Professor, Department of Constitutional and Administrative law, Tambov State Technical University, Tambov, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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