Written by Amor Towles, A Gentleman in Moscow tells the story of Count Alexander Rostov, an unrepentant aristocrat. Deemed an anti-revolutionary by the Bolshevik tribunal, he is sentenced to confinement inside the luxurious Metropol Hotel for the rest of his life. At its heart, it is the journey of a man finding his purpose through chance encounters in a world that has changed and left him in the past eras of the pre-Russian Revolution. Through the Count’s struggle of trying to stay relevant in society while he is isolated, Towles is suggesting that making the best of one’s circumstance is (the ultimate method of persevering/better than giving up). When one is exiled, they still have the liberty to start their life over. That is simply not the case when one exiled in his own country. There is no beginning anew. When the Count sentenced, he is given a measly servants quarters in the attic room and can only take with him a few of his possessions. As an aristocrat, the Count was used to the conveniences that came with his title and now has to adjust himself to his newfound challenges. The Count never acknowledges his confinement — never even admits that it is a confinement. The Count suffers through this until his one year anniversary to the day since he had last set foot outside the Metropol Hotel. He has reached his limit. “…and for the first time in almost thirty years opened one of the hidden doors in the legs of the Grand Duke’s desk” (Towles 597). Earlier in the novel, it was revealed that the Grand Duke’s desk was where the Count had hidden his secret stash of gold for emergencies. This is significant because it seems that the Count has found fulfillment all within the confines of the hotel without relying on his secret stash to sustain himself. This is intended as a metaphor for the wider world; Towles reflects on the adaptability of human beings who can learn to cope and survive in almost any situation. “FIND EVIDENCE FROM ARISTOCRAT ===> WORKER” He was resilient in the way that he was the last of his kind; he was the last aristocrat, the last of his generation that would remember the noble sides to aristocracy. Even though he lived more than half of his life in confinement, he learned to make the most of the life that he was left with. He was able to adapt his identity from an aristocrat to a worker.And the point of all of this is that although everything seems to change, some people are able to evolve with the times and meet the challenges and circumstances to live a fulfilling life –this is a story of a man who did– while keeping the best of their past, friendships, and elegance. Through his endeavors, the Count learned to make the best of hisl circumstances and persevere through his internal struggles 

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