We have changed our privacy policy. In addition, we use cookies on our website for various purposes. By continuing on our website, you consent to our use of cookies. You can learn about our practices by reading our privacy policy.
© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
GO TO SAT PREP GO TO ACT PREP
The Nose

The Nose

  

by Nikolai Gogol

Analysis: Steaminess Rating

Exactly how steamy is this story?

PG-13

Well, we're talking the 19th century, so for sure there's nothing overt going on in the whole thing. But then again, the story could be read as one long castration nightmare (check out Shmoop's "Symbolism" section!), so we'd say there's at least some sex stuff you could read into it. And when you factor in the idea that Madame Podtochina is wooing Kovalev in order to get him to marry her daughter, well, you're well into some seriously adult Showtime-level situations. Potentially. In your imagination. Cause the story ain't really going there with you.

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...

Advertisement