The Brothers Karamazov | Study Guide

Fyodor Dostoevsky

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From the Author The introduction is penned by the fictional narrator, presenting only a preliminary volume of the biography of his hero,... Read More
Part 1, Book 1, Chapters 1–3 The first three chapters provide background on the patriarch of the Karamazov family, who suffered a "dark and tragic de... Read More
Part 1, Book 1, Chapters 4–5 In Chapter 4 Ivan is almost 24, Alyosha (Alexei) is 20, and Dmitri, 28. Alyosha dropped out of school and initially came... Read More
Part 1, Book 2, Chapters 1–2 Zosima's visitors, arriving in two carriages, are Miusov and his distant visiting relative, young Pyotr Kalganov, and Fy... Read More
Part 1, Book 2, Chapters 3–4 Zosima goes out to the wooden porch that has been attached to the outside wall of the hermitage so that he can receive f... Read More
Part 1, Book 2, Chapters 5–6 Zosima is an ill man, but Alyosha sees that, despite his exhaustion, he wishes to continue the visit. When they return t... Read More
Part 1, Book 2, Chapters 7–8 After the company leaves, Zosima instructs Alyosha to attend and charges him to leave the monastery (Chapter 7). He will... Read More
Part 1, Book 3, Chapters 1–2 Karamazov lives in a large, ramshackle house, currently with his son Ivan (Chapter 1). The faithful servants, Grigory an... Read More
Part 1, Book 3, Chapters 3–5 After the scene at the monastery, Alyosha heads off to see Katerina Ivanovna (Chapter 3) and accidentally runs into his ... Read More
Part 1, Book 3, Chapters 6–9 Alyosha goes to see his father, just finishing dinner with Ivan. Karamazov makes a joke about Smerdyakov, calling him "B... Read More
Part 1, Book 3, Chapters 10–11 In Chapter 10, Alyosha finally arrives at Katerina's by late evening. Alyosha repeats Dmitri's message, and Katerina men... Read More
Part 2, Book 4, Chapters 1–2 Back at the monastery the next day, the elder is giving his last teachings and takes his leave of the faithful. He tells... Read More
Part 2, Book 4, Chapters 3–4 Alyosha heads toward his next errand but is distracted by a quarrel among schoolboys. A group of them are fighting with ... Read More
Part 2, Book 4, Chapters 5–7 At the Khokhlakovs, Katerina is in the drawing room with Ivan (Chapter 5). She claims that she has already made up her m... Read More
Part 2, Book 5, Chapters 1–2 Alyosha has returned, as promised, to the Khokhlakovs, to continue his conversation with Lise (Chapter 1). He tells her ... Read More
Part 2, Book 5, Chapters 3–4 Ivan is in a friendly mood, recalling how Alyosha loved cherry preserves as a child (Chapter 3). This is the first time ... Read More
Part 2, Book 5, Chapter 5 Ivan begins his story of the Grand Inquisitor, which takes place in Seville, Spain, at the height of the Spanish Inquisi... Read More
Part 2, Book 5, Chapters 6–7 In Chapter 6, Ivan reluctantly returns to his father's house for the last time, feeling "anguish to the point of nausea.... Read More
Part 2, Book 6, Chapters 1–3 When Alyosha arrives back at the elder's cell, he finds a gathering of monks who have come to hear Zosima's final words ... Read More
Part 3, Book 7, Chapters 1–2 Many people both inside and outside the monastery are excitedly waiting for a sign of Zosima's blessedness, and although... Read More
Part 3, Book 7, Chapters 3–4 Grushenka rents a cottage from relatives of Samsonov, who brought her to that place four years previously as a poor, ski... Read More
Part 3, Book 8, Chapters 1–3 For the past two days, Dmitri has been trying to raise the cash he needs to repay Katerina (Chapter 1). Dmitri visits Sa... Read More
Part 3, Book 8, Chapters 4–5 Wild with jealousy, Dmitri runs to his father's house to find Grushenka (Chapter 4). He climbs over the garden fence and... Read More
Part 3, Book 8, Chapters 6–8 In Chapter 6, Dmitri's troika driver Andrei is galloping at full speed to Mokroye, and Dmitri rereads his suicide note, ... Read More
Part 3, Book 9, Chapters 1–3 Chapters 1 and 2 return to earlier in the night. Pyotr goes back to Grushenka's to speak to her servant, Fenya, who tell... Read More
Part 3, Book 9, Chapters 4–6 Dmitri provides the prosecutor and district attorney with a history of his attempts to get 3,000 rubles (Chapter 4). He ... Read More
Part 3, Book 9, Chapters 7–9 Dmitri tells the interrogators about appropriating the 3,000 rubles from Katerina and squandering half of it the previou... Read More
Part 4, Book 10, Chapters 1–3 The next seven chapters return to the story of Ilyusha, Alyosha (now out of the monastery and dressing in secular fashio... Read More
Part 4, Book 10, Chapters 4–5 When Kolya meets Alyosha, he tells him how he befriended Ilyusha and defended him against the other boys (Chapter 4). Ko... Read More
Part 4, Book 10, Chapters 6–7 Since the doctor has come, everyone temporarily leaves, and Kolya and Alyosha have a conversation (Chapter 6). Kolya has... Read More
Part 4, Book 11, Chapters 1–2 The Karamazov story is resumed in Book 11. Several weeks have passed, and Dmitri is waiting for trial (Chapter 1). Grush... Read More
Part 4, Book 11, Chapters 3–4 When Alyosha visits with Lise, she shares with him her violent fantasies to hurt and destroy (Chapter 3), and Alyosha un... Read More
Part 4, Book 11, Chapters 5–6 Alyosha sets off to find Ivan, and when he sees Katerina's lights on, he thinks to stop there first. He finds Ivan ready... Read More
Part 4, Book 11, Chapters 7–8 Ivan meets Smerdyakov a second time in his room at Maria Kondratievna's (Chapter 7). He asks Smerdyakov to elaborate on ... Read More
Part 4, Book 11, Chapters 9–10 The narrator notes that Ivan was on the verge of brain fever the night before the trial (Chapter 9). He wakes up and not... Read More
Part 4, Book 12, Chapters 1–3 On the first day of the trial, the courtroom is packed, and the famous lawyer Fetyukovich is defending Dmitri (Chapter 1... Read More
Part 4, Book 12, Chapters 4–5 Alyosha is called to testify, and he suddenly remembers how his brother beat on and pointed to his chest, telling him he... Read More
Part 4, Book 12, Chapters 6–9 The prosecutor's long summation recaps the history of the Karamazov family, equating it to Russia because the family mem... Read More
Part 4, Book 12, Chapters 10–12 In Fetyukovich's closing argument, he stresses that, while the evidence seems conclusive, each "fact," when looked at se... Read More
Part 4, Book 12, Chapters 13–14 Toward the end of his summation, Fetyukovich changes his tactics and tries to generate sympathy for Dmitri as an abused ... Read More
Epilogue, Chapters 1–2 Unconscious Ivan is being cared for by Katerina (Chapter 1). He had left her the plan for Dmitri's escape, along with mo... Read More
Epilogue, Chapter 3 The last chapter of the novel describes the funeral of Ilyusha. By now, Kolya has taken charge of the boys, who are wait... Read More
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