Notes from Underground | Study Guide

Fyodor Dostoevsky

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Part 1, Chapter 1 Part 1, titled "Underground," takes place in the 1860s, when the narrator is a 40-year-old recluse. A footnote to the ti... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 2–3 The Underground Man tells his readers why he's aware he is not worthy even to become an insect. He digresses to blame ... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 4–6 In the opening of this humorous chapter, the Underground Man explains how he can find pleasure in the suffering caused... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 7–9 The Underground Man questions whether a person who knows his real interest would automatically stop acting badly and b... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 10–11 The Underground Man criticizes the indestructible crystal palace because one cannot stick one's tongue out at it. He s... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 1 Part 2, titled "Apropos of the Wet Snow," recounts incidents that occurred in the 1840s, 20 years before Part 1. The Und... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 2–3 Over time young Underground Man stops being ashamed of his debauchery and "reconcile[s] ... [to it by] escap[ing] into... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 4–5 The Underground Man gets to the hotel far earlier than the other members of his party. A waiter tells him the dinner i... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 6–7 The Underground Man awakes from a drunken stupor in a small room in the brothel. After only a few moments he remembers... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 8 When he awakens the next morning, the Underground Man is amazed at himself for his "sentimentality" with Liza. He immedi... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 9 The Underground Man stands "disgustingly embarrassed" before Liza, who also becomes embarrassed. He is agitated and nerv... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 10 Fifteen minutes later, the Underground Man has retreated behind a screen. From here he peeks out at Liza, who is sitting... Read More
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