During this time, Gogol’s works were primarily focused on surrealism and the grotesque, with a romantic twist. The use of a nose the nose by gogol pdf the main source of conflict in the story could have been due to Gogol’s own experience with an oddly shaped nose, which was often the subject of self-deprecating jokes in letters.
The use of iconic landmarks in the story, as well as the sheer absurdity of the story, has made “The Nose” an important part of St. Kovalyov, who wakes up one morning without his nose. By allowing commoners to gain hereditary nobility through service to the state, a huge population was given the chance to move up in social status. This opportunity, however, also gave way to large bureaucracies, in which many of Gogol’s characters worked.
On the 25th of March, the barber Ivan Yakovlevich finds out that his wife has made bread. During breakfast, he cuts a loaf in half and finds a nose in his bread. Ivan’s wife demands that Ivan remove the nose from her home, so he wraps it up in cloth and attempts to throw it off a bridge. Ivan attempts to bribe the police officer, but the officer refuses.
Major Kovalyov awakens to discover that his nose is missing. He grabs a mirror to see his face, and there is only a smooth, flat patch of skin in its place. He leaves his home to report the incident to the chief of police. On his way to the chief of police, Major Kovalyov sees his nose dressed in the uniform of a high-ranking official.
His nose is already pretending to be a human being. Kovalyov becomes distracted by a pretty girl who arrives at the Cathedral, and while he is not watching, the nose escapes. Kovalyov attempts to contact the chief of police, but he is not home, so he visits the newspaper office to place an ad about the loss of his nose, but is refused. He then speaks to a police inspector who also refuses to help. He writes to ask her to undo the spell, but she misinterprets the letter as a proposal to her daughter. Her reply convinces him that she is innocent. In the city, rumours of the nose’s activities have spread, and crowds gather in search of it.