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A Deep Literary Analysis of “The Dream of a Ridiculous Man” Background : The short story was published in 1877, after Crime and Punishment , The Idiot , and Demons , but shortly before The Brothers Karamazov . Numbers Dostoevsky makes use of numbers throughout the short story. Their sequence, appearance, and value all have significance. Moreover, their application compliments the storyline and key themes of the story. Sequence Pages 108-111: The first active scene depicts the narrator walking down the street. There is a climax where he first sees a “tiny star” and then encounters the young girl. After shaking the girl off, he returns home where he is haunted by his experience with her. The numbers that Dostoevsky uses follow the event. Going towards the climax, the numbers count down (11, 10, 2). During the climax, the number two is found repeatedly (four times in less than two paragraphs). As the narrator returns home, the numbers begin to count upwards again but are now infused with the number two (4, 2, 6, 2). Appearance The story contains two worlds, our world and the narrator’s dream world. There is a strong division between the two, at least initially, that is reinforced by the presence/absence of numbers. The first part of the book, taking place in our world, is infused with numbers. Virtually everything that Dostoevsky
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course RUSS 314 taught by Professor Helfant during the Spring '08 term at Colgate.

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