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Unformatted text preview: Dostoevsky had also apparently encountered other views of the Superman or Ubermensch — views that were not yet formulated in any coherent whole but were heard wherever intellectuals gathered. Svidrigailov was born from these ideas of self-gratification. Svidrigailov would reason: Since there is no will (or power) beyond that of my own, I must completely assert my own will until it is totally free of all restraint against it. Since there is no power beyond me that functions to punish, I am free to assert completely my own will. Therefore, the Svidrigailov type of Ubermensch is one who possesses the strongest will and is able to make his desires and his power dominant over others. Svidrigailov can rape a 15-year-old girl and cause the death of a servant without any fear of punishment. He asserts his own will in order to gratify his own desires.gratify his own desires....
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This note was uploaded on 12/07/2011 for the course ENG 3309 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '10 term at Texas State.
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