By B. Paris
Addressed to all readers of Dostoevsky, in addition to to academics, scholars, and experts, this lucidly-written learn techniques 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 announcing the autonomy of Dostoevsky’s characters, Paris indicates that there's a stress among them and the author’s rhetoric and demonstrates that the characters usually break out their illustrative roles. through paying shut cognizance to mimetic aspect, this publication seeks to get well Dostoevsky’s mental intuitions and entirely to understand his brilliance in characterization.
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There is no doubt that his intelligence profoundly affects the his experience; however, the phenomenon the underground man describes has its source not so much in reflection as in inner conflict. Reason alone can never provide the foundation for which he is searching. His intellect is driven by three almost equally powerful defensive strategies, and it oscillates endlessly, settling nowhere. In one of his tirades of self-accusation, he acknowledges that he is “not sure of [his] ground” because his “heart is darkened and corrupt, and you cannot have a full, genuine consciousness without a pure heart” (I, xi).
Most of the time he cannot afford to recognize how truly lost he is. III. “THAT STRANGE ENJOYMENT” Perhaps the most striking indication of the severity of the underground man’s difficulties is the intensity of his self-hatred and selfpunishment. From beginning to end, his notes are filled with incidences of extreme self-contempt, self-accusation, self-frustration, self-torture, and self-destructiveness. Alternating with his claim of superiority is a sense of utter insignificance: he describes himself as a fly, a mouse, an eel, an insect.
He has always been 14 DOSTOEVSKY’S GREATEST CHARACTERS tormented by others and has felt himself to be in their power. As an official, he has the petitioners in his power and can release some of his suppressed rage by tormenting them. Having been tyrannized as a child, he becomes a tyrant when he has the opportunity to do so. However, his discomfort with this behavior prevents him from wholeheartedly enjoying his vindictiveness. Indeed, he goes on to deny that he was really a spiteful person. There are a number of reasons why the underground man denies that he was spiteful.