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Notes from Underground | Study Guide

Fyodor Dostoevsky

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Fyodor Dostoevsky

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Perspective and Narrator

The narrator of Notes from Underground is an anonymous recluse who chronicles his own ideas and his opinion of others' ideas and actions in a first-person diary.


The narrator's musings on philosophy in Part 1 of Notes from Underground are usually written in the present tense. His descriptions of his actions in Part 2 are mainly told in the past tense.

About the Title

The narrator of Notes from Underground is an embittered man who writes from the below-ground hovel where he lives in isolation. The title also refers to being "underground" insofar as the narrator has hidden himself in his dark rooms to avoid society.


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