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The Character of Nastasya in Dostoyevsky's The Idiot - The Powerful Character of Nastasya in The Idiot   Few of the principal characters in Dostoyevsky's novels are female. However, in his novel, The Idiot, we find one of his strongest female characters. Nastasya Filippovna, a proud, yet exploited woman, is by far one of Dostoyevsky's most intriguing characters. She has an instantaneous and dramatic affect on the characters surrounding her. Nastasya Filippovna has been systematically destroyed by her surroundings. She finds she is unable to survive in the society of her time....   [tags: Dostoyevsky The Idiot Essays]
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A Truly Beautiful Soul in The Idiot, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky -       The Russian novelist Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky stands at the very summit of Russian literature. No 19th-century writer had greater psychological insight or philosophical depth.  None speaks more immediately and passionately to the mood and tone of the present century. This essay will discuss how Dostoyevsky's intent to portray a 'truly beautiful soul' manifests itself in the novel The Idiot, and access Dostoyevsky's success or failure in achieving his intention.  Dostoyevsky confesses in his letter to Maikov dated January 12, 1868 that his 'desperate situation' compelled him to resort to the fascinating and tempting, but nonetheless difficult and premature thought of portrayi...   [tags: Fyodor Dostoyevsky]
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The Themes of Dostoyevsky - The Themes of Dostoyevsky Fyodor Dostoyevsky, born in 1821, would become one of the greatest writers in Russian literature. Fyodor received an education in engineering in St. Petersburg, but decided to follow a literary career. He was a person who wrote how they felt about certain topics, and felt that everyone should know about the government. Dostoyevsky joined the underground group, the Petrashevsky circle, the to bring out the truth in these books, which were forbidden in the public. Through these themes, Dostoyevsky wrote about many topics....   [tags: Sin, punishment, and atonement]
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Fyodor Dostoyevsky - "Much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment and things left unsaid," Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Dostoevsky was a well accomplished Russian author with a style unique to himself. He lived a very hard life starting from the time he was a young boy in St. Petersburg. He lived his teen years in a boarding school until he was sent off to an Army Engineering Academy with his older brothers. His young adult years were spent in a prison cell and serving in his country's army. His real art began when he was discharged from the army for the second time in March 18, 1859....   [tags: Biography Russian Writer Dostoyevsky] 1228 words
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The Search for Dostoyevsky in Crime and Punishment - The Search for Dostoyevsky in Crime and Punishment         Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky who is known as a great novelist wrote timeless classics such as The Idiot, Crime and Punishment, and The Brothers Karamazov, was not only a novelist, but a good psychologist who uncovered the secret sides of the human beings in a very effective way. His novels also affected Freud, Nietzsche, and Joyce. However there is one point that is a mystery. Did Dostoyevsky really reflect his own feelings, especially his fears, into the characters of his novels....   [tags: Crime and Punishment Research Papers]
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Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky - Having recently completed several Books by Fyodor Dostoevsky’s “Crime and Punishment,” the “Idiot” and the Possessed. The complicated nature of his writings, much of which admittedly present some difficulty in one’s understanding of them. Discussing the material certainly helps expand one’s thinking of these subjects not before given much thought. Politics of the time, religion and social awareness are some of the issues so detailed by the author make me want to read more. The following paragraphs briefly describe the Novels read....   [tags: selflessness, the idiot and the possessed ] 2205 words
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Fyodor Dostoyevsky - Fyodor Dostoyevsky     Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881) was one of the greatest Russian novelists to ever live. There are so few authors, as Dostoyevsky was, who have had such a great impact on 20th century western literature. His works analyze social, moral, political, and psychological aspects of mankind.        Dostoyevsky was born in Moscow in 1821. Much of Dostoyevsky's life experiences, especially early on, provided much influence for his writings. Dostoyevsky's determination to become a writer was stimulated by the literary upbringing by his parents and excellent education through private schools (Frank 4)....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]
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Violence, Hatred, and Pain in Fyodor Dostoevsky's The Idiot - Violence, Hatred, and Pain in Fyodor Dostoevsky's The Idiot "There was a look of unbounded pride and contempt, almost hatred, in that face, and at the same time something confiding, something wonderfully simplehearted." There began Prince Myshkin's curiosity of and infatuation with the complex Nastasya Filippovna as he sat in awe of this woman's picture in Fyodor Dostoevsky's The Idiot . This story, set in Russia during the late 1860's, is one of continuous love rivalries which describe the life of the Russian aristocracy during that time period....   [tags: Fyodor Dostoevsky The Idiot] 873 words
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The Idiot and The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky - “And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:  Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.  Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.  Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.  Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.  Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.  Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.  Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (John 5:2­10, English Standard Version) Fyodor Dostoevsky sought to portray these ideals us...   [tags: dostoevsky's ideal man, christianity, god]
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Impact of Prison on Fyodor Dostoevsky's Poor Folk, The Double, and The Idiot - Impact of Prison on Fyodor Dostoevsky's Poor Folk, The Double, and The Idiot Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky is perhaps one of the most well known but least understood authors from the nineteenth century. His life was one full of misfortune and suffering; his works filled with religious pondering and philosophical discussions. Dostoevsky's life experiences were integrated into the characters in his pieces, both in terms of personality and ideology. An especially important turning point in his life was his arrest and imprisonment at the age of twenty-seven, shortly after the beginning of his writing career....   [tags: Dostoevsky Poor Folk Essays] 2186 words
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Fyodor Dostoyevskys The House Of The Dead - Fyodor Dostoyevsky's The House of the Dead Fyodor Mikhaylovich Dostoyevsky was born in Moscow on Nov. 11, 1825. As his father was a former military surgeon, Dostoyevsky grew up in the noble class. He entered the military engineering school at St. Petersburg at age 16. Shortly after graduating, he resigned his commission and devoted all his time to writing. However, he soon became caught up in the movement for political and social reform during the reign of Tsar Nicholas I. He began to participate in weekly discussions about the ideas of French utopian Socialists....   [tags: essays research papers] 782 words
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Friedrich Nietzsche and Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment - Crime and Punishment, written by Fyodor Dostoyevsky in 1866, is a political novel about a poor former student, by the name of Raskolnikov, who murders a pawnbroker in an attempt to fulfill his own theory that if a man is truly extraordinary, then crime bears no meaning for him; therefore nothing he does is a crime, and he is exempt from morality. However, under the law, no one is exempt from punishment if they have committed a crime, and Raskolnikov is punished for his. Though Raskolnikov is physically punished for his crime, he did not truly suffer because he believes that murdering the pawnbroker was not a crime, but a benefit to humanity, and does not suffer the moral consequ...   [tags: Fyodor Dostoyevsky]
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Analyzing The Idiot Boy - Analyzing The Idiot Boy   William Wordsworth's poem "The Idiot Boy" is perhaps atypical of much of Wordsworth's other works in that it tells a story in which the author is himself not a character. Many of Wordsworth's poems seem to involve him either coming upon a person or place, or explicitly remembering doing so. Here, if this poem is a memory, it is not announced as such. The regular rhyme scheme -- A-B-C-C-B -- gives the poem a nursery-rhyme quality. In many places, the style seems to overpower the content: stanza 47 seems constructed solely to showcase the rhyme it contains: "Perhaps he's climbed into an oak / Where he will stay till he is dead" (ll....   [tags: Idiot Boy Essays] 1056 words
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Idiot Nation - In “Idiot Nation,” Michael Moore discourses on the collapse of American education system and the three main reasons behind it: politicians’ ignorance, shortage of teachers, and the rise of Corporate America. Moore first points out how ignorant the President and politicians are by stating that the President cannot simply identify whether Africa is a nation or a continent. Next, Moore attributes the lack of funding in education to the fact that politicians prefer to build bomber than to improve our education system; this leads to shortage of resources, overpopulated classrooms, and decrease of books available for students....   [tags: Education]
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Children in Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, Devils, The Brothers Karamazov - Theme of Children in Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, Devils, The Brothers Karamazov       As an adult, Dostoevsky became fascinated with children, but was extremely affected by the suffering they were often forced to endure. As a result, the theme of children became "one of the most important in his portrayal of society" and he became obsessed with the theme of "children on the road to destruction"(p.572, Grossman). The charming children in his novels possess a simple, vulnerable, and innocent nature which highlights the contrasting, cruel society....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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The Idiot Savant - The Idiot Savant     An idiot savant is defined as a person who is incredibly adept at one particular skill but is completely incapable in other aspects of life such as learning, reading, writing and decision making. The term idiot savant was applied to people with this disorder in 1887 by Dr. J. Langdon Down. The term idiot savant is basically an oxymoron. "Idiot" means someone who is in a class of people with an IQ less than 25, and "savant" comes from French and literally means "learned one." People can be born idiot savants, or it can be acquired later in life, even as late as adulthood....   [tags: Exploratory Essays Research Papers]
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White Nights by Fyodor Dostoyevsky - ... His connection with Nastenka is his first meaningful interaction with another human being and not an imaginary situation. Nastenka leaving him is a turning point in his life. He has temporarily broken free from his dreams for a while. He has momentarily picked up a slight semblance of what real life is like. However, his encounter with reality is not meant to last. He realizes he has no one he could share his life with. At first he behaves like a man reborn, basking in the fact that he made the effort and approached Nastenka....   [tags: short novella, story analysis] 1906 words
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The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky - ... He robbed men of having enough food, a rigid power structure, and a God who provided miracles to force man to believe in His existence. Instead He cursed them with the burden of free will, and a choice to choose. Ivan sees free will as a curse and not a blessing because most people are not strong enough to refuse worldly pleasures for heaven bliss. Ultimately, Ivan argues, it is better to be enslaved than to have free will, because in free will, people will ultimately choose the bad, and therefore everything is permissible....   [tags: Ivan vs. Zosima, society, freedom] 623 words
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Fyodor Dostoevsky - Fyodor Dostoevsky, the second of seven children was born on October 30, 1821, in Moscow, Russia. Shortly after his mother died of tuberculosis in 1837, he and his brother Mikhail were sent to the Military Engineering Academy in St.Petersburg. On a sidenote, while not known for certain, it is believed that Mikhail Dostoevsky was murdered by his own serfs, who reportedly became enraged during one of Mikhail's drunken fits of violence, restrained him, and poured vodka into his mouth until he drowned....   [tags: Biography Author Writer Russian] 998 words
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Christianity in Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky - Fyodor Dostoyevsky wrote, It must have been a difficult task for Dostoevsky to come to this conclusion. He could be compared to that of the Prodigal son, who returned to God only after all other forms of belief were ventured. Being raised in a Russian Orthodox household, as a youth Dostoyevsky rebelled against religion and later began to believe in the anarchist and atheistic philosophy that was common among radical students and middle-class people that were against the status quo in 19th century Russia....   [tags: Crime and Punishment Essay] 1514 words
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Notes from the Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky - Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881) was a Russian novelist, journalist, and short story writer that discussed the psychological state of the human soul in many of his works, one in particular is Notes from the Underground; which was published in 1864. Notes from the Underground, had a great influence in the 20th century; the novel takes a man’s inability to communicate with society and uses it to teach readers about the importance of other humans in our daily lives and how that affects the way we think, live, and learn....   [tags: biographical and literary analysis]
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Fate in Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky - Throughout history, people have relied on fate as the reason for their misfortune. Whether they let it decide their actions or run their life, fate has been the excuse for many to make bad decisions. In Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Raskolnikov blames the majority of his crime on the instances of fate leading up to the murder of Alyona Ivanovna. Through Raskolnikov’s reliance on fate, readers are able to see Dostoyevsky’s negative stance on the concept of fate. Dostoyevsky does not approve of the use of fate as the determining factor for any logical decision....   [tags: decisions, murder, judgment]
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Notes From The Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky - ... The author also uses literary methods such as repetition to emphasize the main idea of free will. For example, in the beginning of the book, Dostoevsky lists several projects and attempts at a utopian society, such as The Crystal Palace, in order to make a point of how much he is against it; the novel is replete with references and allusions to Chernyshevsky’s book. Lastly, Dostoevsky uses a multilayer technique style in his writing – he states the same idea constantly and repeatedly, but each time he refines it more and more, giving the reader a deeper glimpse at the main theme until it is finally clear as day....   [tags: parody, irrational freedom]
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Critical Evaluation: Michael Moore’s “Idiot Nation” - If it was not apparent enough that America’s education system is failing, Michael Moore’s “Idiot Nation” openly explains to us about the truth. America, for being the richest country, is behind in the educational standpoint. America needs to rethink their standards when it comes to education. America is more focused on corporate earning than educating our youth. The author of “Idiot Nation” makes the reader think about how America is viewed in the world. The purpose of Michael Moore’s essay is to point out what is wrong with this nation and also give the reader the motivation to actually do something about the situation at hand....   [tags: Public Education, social commentary] 1051 words
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Examination of the Education System in Idiot Nation, by Michael Moore - ... So how would the American education system flourish if those at the head of it don’t acknowledge its importance. Moore sardonically presents the data about the priority of education in modern-day America, saying “Oh, it’s on the funding list—somewhere down between OSHA and meat inspectors…A Congressman who cares only about which tobacco lobbyist is taking him to dinner tonight receives $145,100” (Moore 140). That poor listing of education gives reason as to why such decay in American education exists....   [tags: material, intelligence, testing ] 1365 words
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Dostoyevsky ‘Notes from Underground’ Critique - “Notes from Underground” was published in 1864 as a feature presentation of his first 1860 issue “The Epoch”. “Notes from Underground” was written by the author during a time when he faced many challenges in his life. Dostoyevsky faced failure in the publishing of his first journal “Time”, his financial position was becoming weaker and embarrassing. Moreover, his wife was dying and his conservatism was eroded leading to a decline in his popularity with the liberal reading Russians and consequently, he became the focus of attack by the radical and liberal press (Fanger 3)....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Turgenev and Dostoyevsky - Turgenev and Dostoyevsky Upon first meeting Turgenev in 1845, Dostoyevsky wrote to his elder brother Michael saying that "A few days ago the poet Turgenev returned from Paris and right away showed me such friendship and affection that Belinsky is persuaded he is in love with me. But what a man he is, brother. I almost fell in love with him myself. He is a poet, a man of talent, an aristocrat, handsome, wealthy, intelligent, cultured, twenty-five years old; I doubt that nature has refused him anything....   [tags: European Literature] 2339 words
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The Extraordinary Man in Dostoevsky's "Crime and Punishment" - The extraordinary man in Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment is presented in three fashions: the first is Dostoevsky's theory of the extraordinary man, the second is the main character's, Raskolnikov's notion of himself as an extraordinary man and the third is Dostoevsky's view of the protagonist's attachment to his self-identification with the extraordinary. Dostoevsky's ideas about the extraordinary man are given in Raskolnikov's speech to Porfiry Petrovich on pages 242 and 243. Dostoevsky's view is expressed as Raskolnikov's, and is concerned with defining what exactly an extraordinary man is....   [tags: extraordinary man, Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishmen] 1925 words
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Coetzee and Dostoyevsky: Self-Policing and Justice - As citizens of Earth, we are required to live by certain rules designated to maintain order through out society, but we know them as laws. With such a complex idea there has to be a companionship by which officials dictate who breaks these rules and how they are punished. Thus the justice system was born. The concept of justice is a byproduct of the system but is just as important. Individuals must know and understand judgment to know whether or not justice is being served. These ideas coincide so profoundly that you need both to make sound decisions....   [tags: morality, law ]
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Rationalizing Radicalism in "Crime and Punishment" vs. "Demons" by Dostoevsky - Crime and Punishment and Demons by Dostoevsky are two novels that are directly reflective of the time that he spent in exile. Crime and Punishment was a precursor to Demons and laid the foundation for the psychological novel that would characterize these and a later novel by Dostoevsky. Dostoevsky was made aware of the problems with Nihilistic ideas while he was exiled in Siberia. Crime and Punishment was Dostoevsky’s first attempt at a psychological analysis of a person’s inner struggles to rationalize this radicalism....   [tags: Crime and Punishment, Demons, Dostoevsky, ] 1375 words
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American Idiot - The Song “American Idiot” by Green Day uses techniques to engage the audience to interoperate the issues. Green day through their style of music convey issues such as the medias over powering effect on society, greed and the division of the United States of American over political issues. Green Day’s negative stance on the issues through these techniques conveys the audience to agree with the main issues being focused. The media’s influence on society is a main issue, which is, portrayed though the lyrics....   [tags: essays research papers] 363 words
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The History Behind Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky - Crime and Punishment was written by a Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky in 1866. This novel was originally published not as a book, but as articles in a literary journal called The Russian Messenger over the period of one year. Crime and Punishment was later published as a single volume and considered a novel by Dostoyevsky, though he had originally intended it to be a novella. Fyodor Dostoyevsky wrote on subjects close to home, using settings and characters familiar to his own experiences. Thus, it is important for the reader to analyze the history behind the work of Crime and Punishment to understand it completely....   [tags: Crime and Punishment Essay]
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Dostoyevsky's The Brothers Karamazov - Dostoyevsky tries to show the importance of believing in God in the novel The Brothers Karamazov. Fyodor Dostoyevsky was raised in a very religious environment. Much of Dostoyevsky’s early learning was taught to him by his loving and devout Christian mother. His father was not as much a positive influence on him as his mother because he was a drunk. Dostoyevsky’s parental figures serve as the two ends of the spectrum of behavior. One parent is dedicated and pious, and the other is an irresponsible drunk....   [tags: essays research papers] 343 words
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Comparing Dostoyevsky and Voltaire's Views on the Role of Art in Humanity - The role of social commentary in art and literature is an often controversial one. After the publication of Salman Rushdie’s Satanic Verses – a book which comments on the experience of Muslims in Britain – a fatwā calling for the author’s death was put out. While contemporary examples of commentators being beset by hardship are not uncommon, artists in the past were regularly censured for their views and artworks. Dostoyevsky, for example, was put into exile for years and nearly put to death for his views....   [tags: Philosophy] 1665 words
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The Extraordinary Men in Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky - Dostoevsky’s theme of ordinary and extraordinary people is the basis of his work of literature, Crime and Punishment, which derives from his own life experiences. Crime and Punishment, is the story of a Russian man named Rodion Raskolnikov. Raskolnikov is an impoverished St. Petersburg habitant student who, “determined to overreach his humanity and assert his untrammeled individual will commit two acts of murder and theft” (Dostoevsky). To try to amend his actions, he uses the money he steals from the murdered to perform good deeds....   [tags: Crime and Punishment Essays]
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Grand Inquisitor by Fyodor Dostoyevsky - The Grand Inquisitor The Grand Inquisitor reflects Fyodor Dostoevsky interest in religious and political issues. Dostoevsky uses the voices of his characters to express his views on the legitimacy of the Roman Catholic Church and role of religion in society. The story centers around the conflict between the Grand Inquisitor and Jesus. Jesus returns to Earth during the Spanish Inquisition, when in which Jews and Muslims were forced to convert to Christianity and were murdered if not devoted in their belief....   [tags: Analysis Grand Inquisitor] 957 words
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Identifying with Alexei in Dostoevsky's The Gambler - Identifying with Alexei in Dostoevsky's The Gambler The literary character that I most readily identify with would be Dostoevsky's Alexei, The Gambler. I can relate to him because like me, he is a man of many passions. He is also all but helpless against his addiction to gambling. I have also felt helpless to certain circumstances in my life, as have we all. He is capable of much more than what his society allows him to be. That is to say he may be a lowly tutor, but he care's about justice and the atrocities committed by the "high-born" class....   [tags: Fyodor Dostoevsky The Gambler Essays] 840 words
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Notes from Underground: Binding Limits - In Dostoyevsky’s Notes from Underground, the underground man struggles between two beliefs. The first acknowledges that his fictional existence is predetermined, subject to his author’s conduct. The second opposes that, insisting the underground man can only live in an undetermined world that extols free will, situating it within the human. For a remedy, the underground man turns to writing, hoping to probe into this duality and to not reject any truth that comes forth, horrifying or not. Through this, he understands that his self awareness gives him no control he has over his actions....   [tags: Literature, Dostoyevsky] 1514 words
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Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov - Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov Dostoevsky first presents Smerdyakov, in The Brothers Karamazov, in Book 3 of Part 1. The author divulges details of the conception of the fourth son of Fyodor Pavovich Karamazov. Late on a September evening, a drunk Fyodor, by modern standards, "rapes" a homeless woman. Stinking Lizaveta, the victim of Fyodor's violence, was a legend in the town. Regardless of her unattractive and dirty appearance, her poverty, and homelessness, the townspeople regarded her with sympathy and compassion....   [tags: Brothers Karamazov Dostoevsky Essays] 1760 words
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Resurrection of Lazarus in Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment - Resurrection of Lazarus in Crime and Punishment In Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment, Raskalnikov undergoes a period of extreme psychological upheaval. By comparing this death and rebirth of Raskalnikov's psyche to the story of the resurrection of Lazarus, Dostoevsky emphasizes not only the gravity of his crimes, but also the importance of acceptance of guilt. From the moment when Raskalnikov murders the old woman, his personality begins to change drastically. Dostoevsky challenges the reader to understand the madness which ensues by first demonstrating that the ideas and convictions to which Raskalnikov clung died along with the women....   [tags: Dostoevsky Crime and Punishment] 452 words
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Raskolnikov's Dream in Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment - Raskolnikov's Dream in Crime and Punishment In Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment, Raskolnikov's dream about the mare can be used as a vehicle to probe deeply into his mentality to discover how he really feels inside. The dream suggests that Raskolnikov is a "split" man; after all, his name in Russian means "split". His personality has a cruel and thoughtless side as well as a caring, compassionate side. Through the dream and the symbols therein, a reader can cast Raskolnikov, as well as other characters from Crime And Punishment, into any of the various parts in the dream....   [tags: Dostoevsky Crime and Punishment] 606 words
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Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novel “Crime and Punishment” brings the reader a glimpse into the mind of a criminal, tormented by the guilt of murder. Dostoevsky’s focal point of the novel does not lie within the crime nor the punishment but everything in between. Dostoevsky also vividly depicts the life and conditions of poverty within the confines of St. Petersburg. Dostoevsky uses a unique and descriptive diction which takes the reader’s perspective and puts them in the mind of the murderer – Raskolnikov....   [tags: Fyodor Dostoevsky Crime and Punishment] 1006 words
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Imperfect Conscience in Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment - Crime and Punishment:  Imperfect Conscience               A highly educated individual, avoiding the hardships of society while pondering the possibility of great wealth, Raskolnikov, in Fyodor Dostoevsky's "Crime and Punishment," frustrated with his immoral actions, suffers from an abrupt physical and mental breakdown after brutally mutilating a wicked pawnbroker. After this soul-scarring incident, the initial feelings of success in completing his mission quickly changes once he realizes possible flaws in his, otherwise considered, perfect murder....   [tags: Dostoevsky Crime and Punishment] 564 words
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Raskolnikov’s Theory in Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment - Crime and Punishment novel is one of the greatest creations of Fyodor Dostoyevsky that had a huge influence on the future world literature. It is social, psychological, philosophical and ideological novel. The work was written by Dostoyevsky in a hard time for Russia when there were conflicts between political views, when new ideas were still weak and old ideas started to collapse. According to Boris Lichman, PD, a Russian historian, Russian society movement towards a capitalist system in the second half of XIX century led to the destruction of villages, peoples’ impoverishment, aggravation of social conflicts, and, consequently, to the increase of crimes (Lichman)....   [tags: Crime and Punishment Essays]
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The Enlightment Period of the Age of Reason in Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Notes from the Underground - The mid-eighteenth century was the Enlightenment period or the Age of Reason. French philosophes believed that reason could provide critical, informed, scientific solutions to social issues and problems, and basically improve human condition. Notes from Underground, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky is a famous anti-Enlightenment novel and is famous for rejecting the very notions of the French philosophes. Dostoyevsky’s Notes from Underground is a story about the thoughts, views, and actions of a strange unnamed man who we’ll refer to as The Underground Man....   [tags: society, scientifically, masochistic]
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