Just prior to the publication of Crime and Punishment

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Unformatted text preview: Just prior to the publication of Crime and Punishment , Dostoevsky had published his short masterpiece Notes from Underground . A knowledge and understanding of this short novel is central to understanding most of Dostoevsky's novels . The Underground man (he is never named) begins his story by saying: "I am a sick man. . .I am a spiteful man. I am an unattractive man." This dirty, spiteful, human "louse" is still a human being, and it is Dostoevsky's first introduction to a human as a louse — such a one as Raskolnikov kills in Crime and Punishment . The ideas expressed in Notes from Underground become central to all of Dostoevsky's later novels. As expressed in the Commentaries, Dostoevsky was writing partly about man's sense of freedom, the freedom to choose, to be able to have the right to step over obstacles. The right of man to have the freedom to choose, to be able to have the right to step over obstacles....
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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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