Date of Award

Spring 2020

Presentation Date


Document Type

Senior Essay

First Advisor

Alexis Doval


War! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing? Have you ever wondered about war, nature, or motion? Within this thesis, I investigate Leo Tolstoy's thoughts on nature and motion in War and Peace. With an emphasis on his use of natural examples and how this connects to the idea of balancing motion(s), I set forth definitions for both nature and motion, as well as give an explanation for Tolstoy's introduction of the soul.