As Zossima confides his wisdom to Alyosha

As Zossima confides his wisdom to Alyosha - As Zossima...

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Unformatted text preview: As Zossima confides his wisdom to Alyosha, the reader should be aware that the elder's views are essentially those by which Dostoevsky himself tried to live, or at least wished to live. Particularly, Dostoevsky was interested in these concepts: 1. The Russian monk and his possible significance. Zossima believes that the salvation of Russia would come from two sources the Russian monks and a vast, idealized section of the Russian population that he referred to as the Russian people, or the Russian folk. The monks, however, were even more important than the folk if the regeneration of Russia was to be accomplished. From the monks would come the energy and ideas of purity and love. The monk, Zossima believes, practices obedience, fasting, and prayer, believing that these three disciplines will accomplish for him the only true freedom: sacred freedom. Such freedom is forever denied the man who exists in contemporary true freedom: sacred freedom....
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