brothers karamazov Lecture 3 9.27 - Side note names o First...

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Side note: names o First name + father’s name w/ “ovich” or “ovna” = formal way of address o A lot of nicknames Dmitri→Mitya Alexey→Alyosha Ivan→only used once in the book; don’t worry about it o Every time a name occurs for the first time, underline it Pg 6: Fyodor’s first wife: Adelaida o Fyodor never finds any woman unattractive… except his first wife Inversion, parody of perceived values→heart of who he is: believes in absolutely nothing and believes in believing nothing Greatest joy is to make fun of beliefs Book II(?): bringing a man like this into a monastery is a formula for scandal Post-modernist with a sadistic turn willing to make fun of himself→willing to take things a lot further most people who claim to believe in nothing certainly believe in their own dignity likes money b/c it gives him power which allows him to completely indulge himself and allows him to need no one greatest indulgence: make fun of things, to degrade things o first wife beats him… Fyodor isn’t embarrassed of it but goes around the whole town telling everyone→degrades himself pretends to be unaware that he’s degrading himself o if you’re willing to make yourself look repulsive in front of others, you’re saying “your opinion doesn’t matter at all to me” pg 7: she can’t stand it anymore and leaves the house o reference to divinity student in Russia at this time, the most common place that a radical would be drawn from would be sons of priests or divinity student, or both ex> Stalin originally studied to be a Russian orthodox priest in a seminary why? o Atheist→revolution o kingdom of God→socialism o if you want to be a revolutionary, you need to read (divinity students were usually poor so they couldn’t go to school but if they went to seminary, they would learn to read) aka she ran off with a red/Bolshevik probably for the same reason she married Fyodor: politically very incorrect o “life of complete emancipation” = she was constantly engaged in drunken orgies More politically correct to say it the way Dostoevsky said it o “died suddenly in a garret…” How does a rich woman die in a garret of starvation? Is it possible to die of starvation suddenly?
Mixed metaphor: using two phrases without really really thinking about it →absurdity Two possibilities that are not resolved (there will be key moments in the plot, or just minor moments, that allow for more than one possibility that are not resolved) Deterministic: one and only one thing is possible at a given moment Dostoevsky suggests otherwise: any given moment is a cloud of possibilities o Trying to show you that time is open, to establish the duality of human choice “he could have chosen differently” Ch 2: Fyodor doesn’t remember that he had a child o

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