Brothers Karamazov Essays

  • Free Will In The Brothers Karamazov

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    nineteenth century Russia, The Brothers Karamazov recounts the history of Karamazov family, a lineage infamous for drunkenness, thievery, lust, and the like. Toward the beginning of the novel, it is discovered that the oldest brother, Dmitri, has troubles with his father, Fyodor, concerning a mutual lover, Grushenka. This tension transpires into physical brawls between Dmitri and Fyodor, warranting responses from the other two Karamazov brothers. The youngest brother and a pious monk, Alyosha strives

  • Fyodor Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov

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    Can You Find God in Sodom? In one poignant scene of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, the character Dmitri asks, “Can there be beauty in Sodom?” (Dostoevsky 208). However, through the character of his father Fyodor, it is suggested that there is not just beauty in Sodom, but perhaps also an alternative image of God himself. Of course, Fyodor is no saint; he is a sensualist and shows complete unrestraint. Fyodor pales in comparison to the elder Father Zosima. However, perhaps Fyodor

  • Concept of Free Will in The Brothers Karamazov

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     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) One of the most important concepts in Dostoevsky’s novel, The Brothers Karamazov is the concept of free will. It is important to the novel because of the overall theme that everyone is responsible in some way for everything that happens. Also, it makes the novel more interesting because it essentially lets the characters

  • The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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    distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.” - Father Zosima. These two quotes voice the polarized philosophies that impregnate the book, The Brothers Karamazov. Ivan, the second of the three sons, and Zosima, the old monk, are huge commentators on the question, “Is the burden of free will to much for a human to bear?” Ivan’s philosophy revolves around the idea that free will, the choice to choose

  • Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov

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    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

  • Brothers Karamazov Suffering

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    Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov   Condemned to be shot by a firing squad for radical ideas, the author of The Brothers Karamazov once found himself seconds away from death, only to be granted a reprieve moments before the firing. Although only a method intended to teach him a lesson, the trick had quite a harrowing effect on Dostoevsky. After his close encounter with death, Dostoevsky underwent a total change, and so all of his new notions became a part of "The Brothers Karamazov", which he

  • Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov

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    The Brothers Karamazov - Thriller The Brothers Karamazov is an enthralling thriller about the strive for self-redemption in the eyes of God as well as in the hearts of the Russians. The murder of Fyodor Karamazov, a foolish and heartless savage who betrays his own sons of a father's care, venomously seeps its way into Dmitri, Ivan, and Alyosha's lives causing innocence to request fault and suffering. With intricate characterizations, Dostoevsky magnificently presents the internal agony that derives

  • Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov

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    The Brothers Karamazov Fyodor Dostoyevsky was a great thinker, a manipulator if you will, of deep philosophical questions concerning the existence of man and/or God. Some would argue that his preoccupation with finding answers to the unanswerable bordered on the neurotic. Yet with all of the looming doubts and agonizing theses that constitute the bulk of his writing there is one underlying question that Dostoyevsky could never seem to eradicate from his ever racing quest to

  • Struggle between Belief and Disbelief in Brothers Karamazov

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    Brothers Karamazov, written by the accomplished Russian novelist - Fyodor Dostoevsky, is an ambiguous and somewhat contradictory novel when it comes to the issue of belief and disbelief in God. The ambiguity seems to represent Dostoevsky’s constant spiritual struggle with the issue of faith. This struggle is best reflected in the enlightening interactions between the two Karamazov brothers, Ivan and Alyosha throughout the novel, each appears to embody a different side on the spectrum of religious

  • Theodicy and Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov

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    Theodicy and Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov The problem of reconciling an omnipotent, perfectly just, perfectly benevolent god with a world full of evil and suffering has plagued believers since the beginning of religious thought. Atheists often site this paradox in order to demonstrate that such a god cannot exist and, therefore, that theism is an invalid position. Theodicy is a branch of philosophy that seeks to defend religion by reconciling the supposed existence of an omnipotent

  • Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov and Crime and Punishment

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    God Answers the Questions Presented by Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov and Crime and Punishment In Dostoevsky's novels pain and some heavy burden of the inevitability of human suffering and helplessness form Russia. And he depicts it not with white gloves on, nor through the blisters of the peasant, but through people who are close to him and his realities: city people who either have faith, or secular humanists who are so remote from reality that even when they love humanity they despise

  • Portrayal of Man in Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov

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    Portrayal of Man in The Brothers Karamazov Debauchery, dueling, infidelity, orgies, and even monastery life are all used to help Fyodor Dostoevesky define his characters in The Brothers Karamazov. At the beginning of the novel, the reader becomes filled with contempt for a few members of the Karamazov family, yet filled with admiration for others. The legitimate members of the Karamasov family each represent a separate aspect of human character, which is applicable to society. In some ways the

  • The Problem of God in Devils and The Brothers Karamazov

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    The Problem of God in Devils and The Brothers Karamazov In contemplating the creation of the novel The Idiot, Dostoyevsky wrote in a letter to A.N. Maikov that he hoped to focus the work around a question "with which I have been tormented, consciously or unconsciously all my life--that is, the existence of God."1 Dostoyevsky's personal struggle with the question of faith, and also his own experience with trying doubts as a believer, are manifested in the characters he writes. A large number

  • Brothers Karamazov: Life without Love

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    Life without Love – The Malady of Death The Brothers Karamazov, is a novel which contains many themes presenting outlooks on faith, life, and love. The character of Ivan is the cornerstone which Dostoevsky uses to present these outlooks. It is suggested that Ivan suffers from “The Malady of Death”. The idea of the malady of death is presented in the novel, The Malady of Death, by Marguerite Duras. The malady of death can be thought of as a disease or disorder caused by a sort of spiritual malaise

  • Book Report On Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov

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    CHARACTERIZATION The main characters of Dostoevsky's novel The Brothers Karamazov are, as the title suggests, the members of the Karamazov "family," if it can indeed be called such. The only things that the members of this family share are a name and the "Karamazov curse," a legacy of base impulses and voluptuous lust. References to this tendency towards immorality are sprinkled heavily throughout the novel; phrases such as "a brazen brow and a Karamazov conscience," "voluptuary streak," and "Karamazovian

  • The Relation between Dostoevsky and the Characters of The Brothers Karamazov

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    The Relation between Dostoevsky and the Characters of The Brothers Karamazov "I'd die happy if I could finish this final novel, for I would have expressed myself completely."  This statement from the author of "The Brothers Karamazov" helps elucidate the underlying purpose and theme of one of the greatest masterpieces of world literature. Superficially, the novel deals with a horrifying parricide and how the supporting characters devised direct and indirect circumstances leading to the murder

  • The Strange Points of View of Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov

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    The Strange Points of View of Brothers Karamazov The novel, The Brothers Karamazov written by Fyodor Dostoevsky was first published in 1880. This book is unique because it is effectivly written in a combination of third person omniscient and first person point of view. The author seems to be a character in the book but also seems to know all. Parts of The Brothers Karamazov is in the third person omniscient point of view. Third person omniscient is when the author is all knowing. This is shown

  • Children in Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, Devils, The Brothers Karamazov

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    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

  • Analysis of The Inquisitor's Argument in Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov

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    Analysis of The Inquisitor's Argument in The Brothers Karamazov Dostoevsky makes a strong case against Jesus in "The Grand Inquisitor": Jesus did not love humanity sufficiently to care for the greater good of the race. The majority of people, according to the Grand Inquisitor, are weak and "like sheep." Jesus prized freedom of faith above all else, and because he cared more for that freedom than for the happiness of people, the Grand Inquisitor and the Catholic Church, as led by he Inquisitor

  • Comparing Degradation in Crime and Punishment, the Possessed, and the Brothers Karamazov

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    counterparts--these were the Nihilists. The Nihilists were the focal point of Dostoevsky's later work and, for that matter, much of the social-cultural work of the late 1860s. Dostoevsky's three great novels, Crime and Punishment, the Possessed, and the Brothers Karamazov, represent a continuum. That is, in those works, Dostoevsky traces the degenerative effects on the Russian psyche of the doctrines of radical and Nihilistic idealogues by beginning with a psychoanalytic study of one solitary man and then chronicles