By B. Paris

ISBN-10: 0230602932

ISBN-13: 9780230602939

ISBN-10: 0230610560

ISBN-13: 9780230610569

Addressed to all readers of Dostoevsky, in addition to to lecturers, scholars, and experts, this lucidly-written examine ways the underground guy, Raskolnikov, and Ivan and Alyosha Karamazov as imagined humans whose emotions, behaviors, and concepts are expressions in their personalities and experience.  whereas saying the autonomy of Dostoevsky’s characters, Paris exhibits that there's a stress among them and the author’s rhetoric and demonstrates that the characters usually break out their illustrative roles.  via paying shut recognition to mimetic element, this e-book seeks to get better Dostoevsky’s mental intuitions and completely to understand his brilliance in characterization.

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Hence, when he is appeased he grinds his teeth at himself and lies awake with shame long after. He is caught in a crossfire of conflicting inner dictates and is bound to hate himself whether he is soft hearted or spiteful. His conclusion that he was “simply scaring sparrows at random and amusing” himself by it (I, i) testifies to his sense of his aggressive self as an empty facade, but it is hardly an explanation of his behavior. It does accord, however, with the dictates of his detachment, which demand that his behavior be undetermined (“random”) and that he have no strong feelings (he was simply “amusing” himself).

He recognizes that his strange pleasure is, in part, the enjoyment of despair: “in despair there are the most intense enjoyments, especially when one is aware of the hopelessness of one’s position” (I, ii).

He is moved by the love letter she produces from a decent young man to show that she too has been “addressed respectfully” and “genuinely loved”; however, he is so eager to leave that, after reading the letter, he departs without a word. As he walks home in the snow, he is “exhausted, shattered,” and bewildered. The underground man’s confusion is quite understandable. He had striven to triumph over Liza, but now he is sorry for her and hates himself for having caused her such pain. He wishes to comfort her, but he is terrified of becoming closely involved with another human being and is desperate to get away.

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