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At the core of the article is the review of functioning of mythologeme
«the Sun» in the play by M. Gorky «Children of the Sun». It is established that cultural and symbolic image of the sun plays a significant role in the drama of Maxim Gorky. Writer actively uses the mythologeme of the «sun», stresses, forces us to pay attention to it. The image of the sun organizes chronotopic system, interacts with the animal motive, organizes vertical
distribution of personalities, brighter «draws» the system of images, helps us to understand and analyze a play by Maxim Gorky on a completely new level.

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Yu. A. Kozlova

Samara University of Social Sciences and Education

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ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1825-0097
Russian Federation


  1. Gorky M. P’esy «Meshchane», «Na dne», «Deti solntsa» [Plays «The Philistines», «The Lower Depths», «Children of the Sun»]. In: Gorky M. [Collected works: 30 Vols. Vol. 6]. M., 1950 [in Russian].
  2. Zhurcheva O.V. Avtor v drame: formy vyrazheniia avtorskogo soznaniia v russkoi drame XX veka [The author in the drama: forms of expression of author’s consciousness in the Russian drama of the XX century]. Samara: Izd-vo SPGU, 2007 [in Russian].

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