The film “Heart of a Dog” was filmed back in 1988 based on the work of the same name by the writer Mikhail Bulgakov. It consists of two artistic series, which depict the motives of the Soviet era, in particular, the story of the operation that allowed the human pituitary gland to be transplanted into a dog and, it would seem, accomplish a feat in the history of medicine. But what was the outcome of this – everyone who watched the movie or read the work in the original knows.
Not everyone understands what the film is really about and what its meaning is. We see an artificial experiment, during which a new dog-like creature is born, calling itself Polygraph Sharikov. It is characterized by the singing of ditties with swear words, a riotous lifestyle, the corruption of women and inappropriate behavior for an exemplary citizen. Professor Preobrazhensky was able to bring his medical experiment to life, but was unable to control its development.
In fact, the image of an unsuccessful experiment is a parallel to the consequences of the Revolution, after which Russia was recovering. The film says that it is not always good that is introduced into the life of society by force. This applies to literature, and art, and music, and politics, and social relationships. It is typical for a person to resist what takes away his freedom of action and reasoning – often such rash innovations are perceived with hostility. The same applies to nature – if something appears that causes harm or interferes with its natural laws, an attempt to counteract appears.
This film was made, and the work was written in order to show how ill-conceived the politics of that time were. Politicians tried to turn the situation in such a way as to get at least some benefit or benefit from it. But their actions were not crowned with success – the society did not accept their innovations. Such changes, which were not natural for a person, did not have an effective result. The image of Polygraph Poligrafovich Sharikov perfectly shows this – his unnaturalness for society played a cruel joke on him. Professor Preobrazhensky was forced to kill his creation in order to stop its negative influence and existence among other people.
What is the meaning of this ending? It would seem that the professor could let Sharikov’s tricks take their course and do nothing about it, but he acted differently. The professor became a certain example for politicians – he was able to stop the action of what he himself had done. And the top of society often cannot lead the reforms that they themselves introduce into the lives of other people. Sometimes those very reforms do not bring any benefit, often they are ill-conceived to the end and interfere with life, as before. Unlike them, Preobrazhensky was able to find justice for his creation – he returned everything to its place by performing another operation on the dog, returning the pituitary gland that had recently existed there to its brain. Sharik woke up from anesthesia and could not remember anything. He also didn’t understand why there were several scars on his head.
The finale of the work and the film itself is thought out in this way for a reason. The reader and viewer understands that Professor Preobrazhensky regrets his unsuccessful act and is doing everything to destroy the creature created by his own hands. This means that, having committed a bad deed, the main thing is to repent in time and admit defeat. It is also worth understanding that a person has to pay for any oversight or mistake – with fame, money, relationships with relatives and friends, a career.
From all this we can conclude: if those who lead the life of the people thought ahead, everything would be different in the existence of a certain nationality. Unfortunately, no one can predict how this or that reform in the political system will turn out. Therefore, having committed an act that did not benefit humanity, it is important to recognize the mistake in time and try to correct the situation in any way. Because it’s better to admit your mistakes right away than to try to find an excuse for yourself. People do not forgive misdeeds, but they try to understand and accept remorse for what they have done.