-A crucial statement. Even in earlier drafts, the master was not intended to go to the light. There are various theories about this, but the one that seems most convincing is that the Master gave up faith in himself completely, a great sin in the eyes of the author of Faust, for example, who conveys that striving is all..
..Although writing in the time of the triumph and tyranny of Socialist Realism, Bulgakov, like the Master, felt himself to be more akin to Romantic writers of the 19th century, such as Gogol, E.T.A. Hoffman etc. Judging strictly by Bulgakov’s works, it is clear that a belief in the value of the vision of the individual is paramount. Bulgakov felt he was reading about himself in an article he found on Hoffman, which included the following ideas: a real artist is doomed to solitude; art is powerless in the face of a reality which is destructive to art; the artist is not of the ordinary world; clarity and peace are needed for creation. In this same article on Hoffman Bulgakov underlined a passage to the effect that the man of genius is caught between two possibilities: if he concedes to reality he will become a philistine, but if he doesn’t, he will die before his time or go mad. Bulgakov is also at pains in this novel, however, to present the work of art as revelation granted to the inspired artist- the Master says he “guessed” it all, not that he made it all up. Here we are dealing with the ancient idea of the artist as the instrument of divine inspiration.