Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin: A Self-Portrait?
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As an artistic genius, Tchaikovsky poured forth his internalizations and musings on his external situation in the only way he could, through art. In his opera, this comes forth in the way he reflects his personality, talent, circumstances, and even demise onto the two characters, Tatyana and Lensky. Not only does he use music to turn them into artistic geniuses after himself, but he also portrays their situations in a way that mirrors his own suffering and struggles with society. Tchaikovsky, Tatyana, and Lensky are driven to literal or metaphorical deaths by rigid, unaccepting societal pressures and norms.