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Liza → A prostitute, which is the only defining character she holds according to The Underground Man. She is young with the “grave” nature of someone older. She attracts The Underground Man without being particularly beautiful Zverkov → He is a feudal lord who constantly talks about his social explots, whom The Underground Man hates. According to The Underground Man, he is arrogant, pompous & vain. Apollon → As an impartial narrator and servant, The Underground man attacks him for being superior & condescending. Part I Hw for 9/24/2018 i. “I am a sick man… I am a spiteful man. I am the most unpleasant man. I think my liver is diseased.” → Forerunning of an existential flesh… He refuses to see a doctor out of spite (He has been sick for 20 years) He explains how he used to be a government official Finds pleasure in his spite… He was a collegiate assessor (He held a job in the civil service sector) until his ancestor died and left him an inheritance → Retired to his current state underground He lives in St. Petersburg → Not a good place for him but he will stay there nonetheless
ii. He claims that he cannot become anything even if he wanted to → He cannot even become an insect → This is because he is hyperconscious & he lives in “the most theoretical and intentional town” (St. Petersburg) Laid out in grids → Theoretically plotted & hyperconscious in concept Filled with romantic intellectuals → Thinkers who talk about “silly” abstract things The Man claims that any kind of consciousness is a disease The closer he comes to appreciating beautiful things, the deeper he “sinks into mire” His deepening agony eventually turns into sweet enjoyment → This stems from knowing he had hit rock bottom & could never change A law of “fundamental overly acute consciousness” is known as INERTIA → Tendency for things to stay as they are Because he is hyperconscious, these “laws” govern how he lives. So this tendency that is “inertia” applies to him & he can never change Despite all of this introspection, the Man claims that he cannot be blamed for being a jerk because simple, this is not his fault He explains that he has a good deal of amour propre → “the love of oneself” but this is also rooted in the acute self awareness… He is to blame because of the laws of nature & because he is more clever than most… but it is still not his fault Even if he was big-hearted & kind, he would suffer from the fact that being big-hearted & kind is useless → He wouldn’t be able to act on any of those feelings (If he had them) If he were to get slapped in the face, he would know that the person slapped him because of the laws of nature iii. The Man begins to examine the reactions & natural acts of a “normal man” If a normal man was slapped in the face, he would act, in revenge like a “charging bull” → Desire & revenge → He envies the normal man (Even though it is stupid) The normal man was created out of nature while the acutely conscious man was created out of retort → Created as a response to the normal man

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