Evgeny In The Short Story 'The Devil'

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In the end, the misogynistic views of both the author and the protagonist, Evgeny, in the short story The Devil, leads them to develop a complex where they categorize women into two distinct groups, known as the Madonna or the whore. This complex is evident throughout the story as the readers are introduced to Liza, the two mothers (Marya and Varvara) and Stephanida. Liza is seen as the dainty and delicate Madonna, who sacrifices anything for Evgeny. The two mothers also fall into the category of the Madonna since they are caring and full of motherly wisdom. Lastly, Stephanida is portrayed as the whore because of her willingness to engage in sexual activity with men. These stereotypes ultimately lead to a society where it is acceptable to define