Dostoyevsky Essays

  • The Themes of Dostoyevsky

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    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

  • Fyodor Dostoyevskys The House Of The Dead

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    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

  • Turgenev and Dostoyevsky

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    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

  • The Brothers Karamazov By Dostoyevsky

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    Still no answer for that. He chose to be free, rather than accepting the rules. That he is not determined by his past, not is he bound to a single course of action to his situation. He decided to be free instead. 2 For existentialists from Dostoyevsky to Sartre,

  • Analysis Of Crime And Punishment By Dostoyevsky

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    Crime and Punishment written by Dostoyevsky tells the story of a man living in St. Petersburg Russia in the 1860s. As an audience we get to see how one's psychology, society, and morals affect a person's way of life. Raskolnikov was an unfortunate man who killed his pawnbroker, Alena, and was constantly trying to determine if he should turn himself in. He was never able to express his feelings to Sonia, sister, or his mother. The story of Raskolnikov is tragic and shows how being alienated from society

  • A Murderers Journey Through The Works Of Dostoyevsky And Poe

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    A Murderer's Journey Through The Works of Dostoyevsky and Poe Some people believe that most murderers have a mental illness which causes them to commit their crime. This belief is strongly disagreed with by the authors Edgar Allan Poe and Fyodor Dostoevsky. Crime and Punishment, “The Tell-Tale Heart”, “The Black Cat”,and “The Cask of Amontillado” are very similar in this contradiction. Each murderer takes a specific journey that has been illustrated in each case. The psychological make-up of each

  • Crime And Punishment By Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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    In the novel Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Raskolnikov constantly struggles with the internal conflict happening within him. He cannot decide between reason and morality after committing the crime. One person who helps him with this decision is his friend Razumihin. In the novel Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Razumihin is an emotional being who believes that making mistakes and acknowledging them leads to the truth. MAYBE CHANGE TO INCLUDE LIVING PROCESS OF LIFE??? Razumihin

  • A Truly Beautiful Soul in The Idiot, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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    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

  • Morality In Crime And Punishment By Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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    Many more families contained abuse and struggle with mental illness. In contrast, Siberia, the location of the prison Raskolnikov is sent to, is considered pure and a place of redemption. (Shmoop Editorial Team) Throughout Crime and Punishment, Dostoyevsky weaves the theme of crime and morality into Raskolnikov's inner struggle; Raskolnikov believes that the breaking of moral codes is a necessary evil to achieve greatness. More importantly, he believes that morals and laws can be broken if it is for

  • Fate in Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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    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. Dostoyevsky makes it clear that Raskolnikov’s use of fate to justify his actions can

  • Notes from the Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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    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

  • Grand Inquisitor by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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    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

  • Optimism And Realism In Poor Folk, By Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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    Poor Folk, a novel written by one of the greatest Russian authors, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, is a story about two second cousins, Varvara and Makar, who are gathered together by their unfortunate fate (“Poor Folk”). They write letters expressing affections towards one another and describe the happenings in their lives. Although they are cousins, Makar’s perception of Varvara is more like a distant lover than a relative. They continue this relationship until Mr. Bykov, a wealthy widower, proposes to Varvara

  • The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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    “Nothing has ever been more insupportable for a man and a human society than freedom.” –The Grand Inquisitor” “Above all, don't lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot 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 Grand Inquisitor, By Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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    In Frederick Nietzsche’s The Death of God, his madman cries, “God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives: who will wipe this blood off us?”(The Madman) To Nietzsche, the phrase "God is dead" is not to be take literally in the sense that he believed in an actual God who existed and then died. Rather, he is implying that the

  • Suffering In Crime And Punishment By Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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    Yuka Onya AP English 12/17/15 Mr.Tobin In Crime and Punishment suffering plays a major role in the story and guides the reader his attention throughout the entire book “Crime and Punishment” by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Suffering is the up and coming theme of this work. It twists itself into so many aspects of the story.The main character Rodion and Raskolnikov is the one who suffers from suffering in the very beginning of the novel until the final point . He feels very pessimistic about his own life the

  • Dostoyevsky ‘Notes from Underground’ Critique

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    “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

  • The Extraordinary Men in Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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    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

  • Literary Techniques Used by Fyodor Dostoyevsky in Crime and Punishment

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    A Study of the literary techniques used by Fyodor Dostoyevsky in Crime and Punishment to convey the downfall and subsequent rise of the main character. "Crime and Punishment" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky is the story of a young student Raskolnikov and his need to murder an old woman to prove one of his many philosophies. The book begins with the murder, but the primary focus is on his reasoning and reactions before and after the act. It is set in St Petersburg where the main character, Raskolnikov

  • Moral Conflicts in Crime and Punishment

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    Moral Conflicts in Fydor Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment Crime and Punishment by Fydor Dostoyevsky has been hailed as the greatest literary work in the Western hemisphere. Crime and Punishment was written in pre-Communist Russia under the Tsar. Dostoyevsky's writing shows insight into the human mind that is at once frightening and frighteningly real. His main character, around who all other characters are introduced, is Rodion Romanovitch Raskolnikov. Raskolnikov murders an old pawnbroker