I too am a lot like Andrey in that I idealize things and search for the same vitues as him. I also like Natasha a lot. Because of that I wished when I was much younger that they get together. However, after many years have passed and after I re-read the novel several times, I realized that, although they're both excellent creatures, they're not really suited to each other. Andrey is an intellectual, well-read, pre-occupied with sophisticated ideas, eager to transform society.
Natasha doesn't have a very well-developed intellect, despite her other charms. So, although Andrey would have appreciated her poetical, emotionally rich nature, I think he would have grown bored with her pretty quickly and he was not a down-to-earth person like Pierre who was happy to discuss mundane, domestic matters. Also, as a family man, he would have been somewhat reserved and undemonstrative, pre-occupied with himself.
It's not that he doesn't love Nikolushka, but I think that his constant disappointments prevent him from fully engaging and interacting with his son. So, although he would very likely be very much interested in his children's education, he would not be emotionally close to them. I think that that would cause a rift in his relationship with Natasha. After reading your comments about the quality of Natasha's love for Andrey, I, too, started doubting whether it was true love from her side. I think her infatuation with Kuragin and her quick switch to Pierre, so soon after Andrey's death prove it.
It's as if she was not truly committed to him.
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Maybe it was just infatuation, since she was only when Andrey proposed. Perhaps Andrey did realize this even in the final version which is why he lost his will to live. It does seem strange that, although he was getting better physically and overcoming successfully every serious stage of his illness, that he suddenly took turn for the worse and died. The turn for the worse came after he had that nightmare in which he " died ".
Or, perhaps, he realized that family life would be a disappointment, since he's already experienced so much disappointment in his life, and he just didn't want to live this disappointing life. I think that Natasha's betrayal of him caused him to lose his last ideal. However, it's really difficult do decide what Tolstoy exactly wants to say because he contradicts himself so often, as well as gives so much information, that you don't know exactly what the characters' true motivations are.
I think that readers speculate about the characters' motivations in the same way that people speculate about others in real life no-one knows for sure what the other is thinking!!! Olichka, I agree with you that Tolstoy often gives so much information that readers might think of his characters as of live people this is obviously my illusion and of their lives as of real lives. We can only speculate, as you said, but we cannot prove anything.
True, Natasha was a charming and not very-well intellectually developed young woman.
And somehow I am sure that Natasha and he would have had an intensive and interesting marriage, although maybe not a usual and quiet one. But, that does not prove that they would not have been happy and still passionate in their eventual marriage. We ordinary people are not in a position to decide too many things in our lives; especially not the serious issues of life and death. I am sure we all know Who is in charge of these questions. The same is with love and emotions, which are so different from mind, intellect and logic. Natasha, of course.
And I am now in the process of modeling her after her namesake from the novel she has actually received her name after Natasha Rostova. One of my two kids has name Nikola Nikolushka. We are of Slavic origin I think you are also , but not exactly Russians.
So, what do you think? Actually, Andrey's decline started after that dream he had, namely, his fever took a bad, exhausting turn after that. Anyways, as you agreed, we can only speculate as to what actually caused his death and whether he actually willed it.
That's why literary critics and so many interpretations of literary works exist! Perhaps you're right, they could have had an interesting marriage. I can see Natasha fully devoting herself to Andrey and his career. But passionate? As a matter of fact, Andrey didn't strike me as the passionate type maybe that's why Natasha became so infatuated with Anatole. What do you think would have happened if Andrey got involved in the Decembrist activites and got exiled to Siberia? Since he and Pierre shared the same ideas, and Pierre is a leader of one of the circles in the Epilogue. What would their life have been like?
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