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Alyosha wakes, and his eyes are filled with tears of joy. He goes outside and flings himself on the  earth, kissing and embracing it. His heart is filled with ecstasy over his new knowledge and his new  understanding of the joy of life. Dostoevsky has been preparing the reader throughout the novel for this single crisis in Alyosha's life.  There have been many hints that a miracle is expected to accompany Zossima's death, but one of  the central points of Ivan's Grand Inquisitor tale is that man must believe freely in the teachings of a  person without the benefit of either divine manifestations or miracles. A person's beliefs, furthermore,  can be greatly strengthened by emerging triumphantly from a period of great doubt. In this chapter,  Dostoevsky presents Alyosha's tests — corollaries of Christ's tests in the wilderness. If Alyosha  emerges successfully, then he will be qualified to move within society and to influence it.
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