Nikolai Gogol’s The Overcoat
How Gogol’s story was able to emphasize the author’s belief in the importance of religion.
“Gogol believed that God was the only necessary thing, and that he alone should be in man’s mind. In `The Overcoat`, Akaky forgets this and finds himself lost in the world’s enticements. “Akaky Akakiyevich’s great passion for the little, insignificant thing – the overcoat – brings with it a gaping spiritual and ideational discrepancy, a precipitous falling from the heights into the depths, which Gogol manages to make clear both stylistically and compositionally`(Setchkorev 226). `