L. N Tolstoy, who is one of the pioneer writers of the 19th century Russian literature, often describes nature in his work “War and Peace”. However, in the mentioned work Tolstoy not only describes nature, but also reflects his thoughts concerning the nature through the description of the nature. In this work, the nature is evaluated in the context of Tolstoy’s sense of nature, that appears during two main characters of the work, Andrei Bolkonsky and Pierre Bezukhov’s search for the meaning of the life. In this direction, first of all, the man-nature relationship, philosophers’ approach to the nature and the development process of the concept of the nature in Russian literature are examined. Afterwards, moving from Tolstoy’s sense of nature, that sees the nature as a living and developing organism, the man as a part of this organism, Andrei and Pierre’s search of the meaning of the life is evaluated. At the end of this work, it comes to the conclusion that the nature appearing in the moments of spiritual, intellectual and moral crisis Andrei and Pierre have experienced while searching for the meaning of the life leads to them, enables them to look at the events from the different point of view by activating their feelings and thoughts and helps them for their spiritual, intellectual and moral developments.
Keywords: The man-nature relationship, L. N. Tolstoy’s sense of nature, War and Peace, Andrei Bolkonsky, Pierre Bezukhov