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. The Grand Inquisitor examines the relationship between man and Christ through a unique narrative style that adds various depths of meaning to the story.
To begin with, the most striking feature of this work is that it is a story within a story. The Grand Inquisitor is part of the novel entitled The Brother’s Karamazov, in which Dostoevsky has already introduced the two brothers, Alyosha and Ivan. In The Grand Inquisitor, however, Ivan is the author of the legend of the Grand Inquisitor, a story poem that he is telling to Alyosha. Through this type of writing, Dostoevsky has created multiple levels of narration, which is truly remarkable. In the first few lines of the story, for example, we are uncertain as to who is the narrator, “God our Lord, reveal thyself to us’, for so many centuries they had calling out to him, that in his immeasurable compassion desired to descend to these who were pleading… he had descended even before then, he had visited some righteous men, ...
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- ... 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]
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