Social Injustice due to Ignorance
structural analysis on Tolstoy’s “God Sees the Truth, but Waits”
Leo Tolstoy, the best known writer from Russia, had written a great deal of novels andstories, including the famous
War and Peace
. These novels hadbeen enjoyed through the generations and the world at large. However, in the latter part
of his life he became a radical Christian anarchist (that’s why he is one of the
cornerstones of anarchy) and rejected ownership to his works. He still wrote stories,though, and in
1872 he published ―God Sees the Truth, but Waits.‖ What mystery! Whywould he write when he is not a writer anymore? Let’s go find out.
The story started when Ivan Demitrich Aksionov, the rich merchant from the town (nowcity) of Vladimir, goes on a fair somewhere in Nizhny. His wife pleads him to just let theday pass and not go into the fair because of a nightmare that his hair was gray when hereturned home. Aksionov however, disregards the warning and proceeds.On the way he saw a merchant whom he knew well, though his name wasn
t mentionedby Tolstoy.
This merchant goes to the same fair Aksionov’s going, so they decided to
join each other. They stayed in an inn at the night, but Aksionov woke the merchant upearly so that they may travel faster. However, the scene changes to him being alone,feeding the horses and playing his guitar. Suddenly, the police officers came to inspecthis things, telling him that the merchant he was with died and suggesting he was thekiller. They came to look for a knife, and they found one and it was even bloodied.He was tried and he also tried to make appeals to the Tsar, but it was continuouslytrashed down. He finally gave up and swore that only God knows the truth. He decidedto accept his sentence and was deported to the Russian penal colony at Siberia. Fortwenty-five years he lived there.Until one day, a new inmate came in. His name was Makar Semyonich, who lived in thesame town as Aksionov. Makar then recognized Aksionov as the one of the richest guys