The Character Of Stavrogin In Demons By Dostoevsky

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Stavrogin is a handsome, strong, intelligent man who fears nothing and is aristocratic. Stavrogin is the center of the novel titled Demons written by Dostoevsky. What is interesting and can be debated is the reasoning and aspects of Stavrogin that make him the central figure in Demons. Stavrogin in my opinion is the central figure of Demons because he accurately portrays the overall religious theme of the book to a Russian audience who is battling with Christianity and atheists. Therefor, Stavrogin is the main figure in Demons because he plays a Christ-like individual who embraces the church, the government and family in Russia. Lets first look at whom Stavrogin is as an individual before looking at how he interacts with the other characters…show more content…
Stavrogin who is introduced in the book is instantly understood as the main character because his name means “cross”. With the connotation of cross directly in his name the audience understands that he will be playing a very major role in the novel because of his connections to God. The moment that Stavrogin is introduced into the novel we are already presented with a hint at who he is as a character in relation to the others. He is, therefor, looked at as the holy figure in the book. As is normal in Dostoevsky novels Stavrogin will not play the simple role of a holy figure who makes no mistakes. One example of Stavrogin being the holy figure and main character of this book was when he first met Pytor Verkhovensky with an interacting that goes, “I (Pytor), I need precisely such a man as you. I know no one but you. You are a leader, you are a sun, and I am your worm... He suddenly kissed his hand. A chill ran down Stavrogin 's spine, and he jerked away his hand in fright” (Dostoevsky, p.419). The only reason that Stavrogin would react to Pytor like that is because Pytor is the devil. This is evident when Pytor is introduced with serpent descriptors,…show more content…
Lets start with Pytor and his satin connection. In the novel Pytor is at the center of a conspiracy to overthrow the government, the church, and the families across Russia. All of the ideas that Pytor supports are something that on the outside world Dostoevsky disagrees with. So by Dostoevsky making Pytor Satin and rerpresenting all the ideas and philosophies he disagrees with, it projects Stavrogin in to the white light and main role in the novel because he supports all things Russia that Dostoevsky believes
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