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Fyodor Dostoevsky

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the-brothers-karamazov-fyodor-dostoyevsky_UPDATESources: Dartmouth, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Dostoevsky: His Life and Work by Konstantin Mochulsky (trans. Michael A. Minihan) Copyright © 2016 Course Hero, Inc.t's not that I don't accept God, Alyosha, I just most respectfully return him the ticket.Ivan Karamazov, Part 2, Book 5, Chapter 4The Brothers Karamazovby the NumbersAge at which Dostoevsky's son Alyosha died, inspiring the character Alyosha3Years Dostoevsky spent writing the novel3Year Dostoevsky is sentenced to death—but saved at the last minuteYears Dostoevsky spent in exile101849One of the greatest Russian novelists, Dostoevsky explored the ugly side of the psyche and gave voice to humanity's desires to both destroy and transcend. The Brothers Karamazov, Dostoevsky's final novel, explores the author's lifelong preoccupations with God, faith, doubt, sin, and redemption.FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY1821–81MotifsAuthorThemesSufferingPhysical and mental sufferingcreate purification, which leads to redemption. ForgivenessFaith-based forgiveness leads to self-transformation and stands against evil. Faith & DoubtPracticing faith leads to a wholesome, meaningful life, while doubt leads to despair and immorality. ChildrenChildren represent humanity's innocence before falling into sin.The Grand InquisitorThe poem about the inquisition of Christ says that the Devil wants people to choose fleeting security just as the church does.OnionThe onion and its saving power represent grace, available to the pure of heart.Ivan KaramazovFyodors sonRational man of science; struggles to understand suffering Alyosha KaramazovFyodors sonFaithful, well-loved man; understands others KaterinaDmitri's fiancée Beautiful, loyal woman; secretly in love with IvanGrushenkaManipulates Fyodor and DmitriDesirable woman; torments men as vengeance Elder ZosimaAlyosha's teacherEnlightened Russian monk; compassionate Fyodor KaramazovFather to Ivan, Alyosha, Dmitri, and PavelSelf-centered, cruel father; determined to fulfill his desires Pavel SmerdyakovFyodors illegitimate sonSneaky, envious murderer; works as a servant Dmitri KaramazovFyodors sonViolent, passionate man; quick to lose his temper The four sons of sociopath Fyodor Karamazov cope with his murder in a novel that wrestles with faith and doubt—and presents a compelling argument for both. Although Ivan inspires the murder and Smerdyakov carries it out, it is Dmitri who pays for the crime. Alyosha gets involved by trying to save the innocent parties.Who Is Responsible for Evil?MAIN CHARACTERSFyodor Dostoevsky1879–80RussianAuthorYears PublishedOriginal LanguageThe Brothers KaramazovNovel Fiction

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