Date of publication: 2017-09-06 03:22
The Idiot exhibits an experiment in terms of “the feminine” that distinguishes it from Dostoevsky's other novels. In Notes from the Underground, The Gambler, and Crime and Punishment, traces of the turbulent.
[ In the following essay, Lesser examines Myshkin's inner struggle in The Idiot, claiming that Dostoevsky's intention was to demonstrate the stupidity and shortcomings of his character and the tragedy these flaws caused. ]
The major characters of The Idiot are discussed below with respect to the meaning of their names and their family affiliation. In this novel, Dostoevsky.
The same day, Blanche easily seduces grown rich Russian and goes with him to Paris. Having seized his money, and to acquire a name and a title marries just arrived here general. He agrees on the most miserable role in prudent and profligate Frenchwoman’s life. Three weeks later, Alexei, without regret about wasted money, leaves the lover and goes to Hamburg.
[ In the following essay, Hollander argues that critics who have commented on the aesthetic failure of The Idiot have not considered that a thematic interpretation of the novel based on the Book of Revelation does indeed bring the characters and events together. ]
Jackson, Robert Louis. Dostoevsky’s Quest for Form: A Study of His Philosophy of Art. 7d ed. Bloomington, Indiana: Physsardt, 6978. Considers the contradiction between Dostoevski’s working aesthetic and his higher aesthetic of true beauty. A mature and helpful study for the serious Dostoevski reader.
And now an unexpected meeting in Hamburg with Astley happens, who sought out Alexei on behalf of Pauline, who lives in Switzerland with relatives. The hero learns about the death of grandmother in Moscow and of general in Paris, and most importantly - about Pauline’s love. It turns out that he was wrong thinking that she loved de Grieux. Astley considers his friend, a "dead man", not able, because of his Russian nature, resist destructive passions.
Why scrutinize the process of creating great complex novelistic masterpieces such as The Idiot, with due recourse to the Notebooks, when to read and interpret the finished texts is a more than sufficient task? One may reply that this is at the least pure science and pleasure: to follow rich minds.
From the Everyman's Library edition. Just before harassing the Baronness in the park. Polina says "And why should you insult a woman? You'll sooner get beaten with a stick". Is this an appeal to reason? That he shouldn't do it because he will get a beatdown. OR He'll get whacked with the stick before he can insult or so he'd be better off insulting the man who is going to whack him/ or because he did whack him. OR The protagonist would rather take a beating than insult a woman ie. is a masochist. OR SOMETHING ELSE?
In The Idiot Dostoevsky attempted to portray what he termed a “positively good man” in the character of Prince Myshkin. Endowed with Christ-like spiritual attributes and professing a childlike, innocent belief in the possibility of achieving heaven on earth, Myshkin obliviously enters a Russian society corroded by avariciousness, moral corruption, and spiritual desolation. The ensuing action presents a starkly apocalyptic and pessimistic vision of how inconsequential goodness and humility are in the midst of a society on the verge of moral and spiritual disintegration. Despite Dostoevsky's best literary intentions, The Idiot has been faulted by many critics for its undeveloped characters, its artificial plot structure, and its bitter polemicism.
Comer, William J. “Rogozhin and the ‘Castrates’: Russian Religious Traditions in Dostoevsky's The Idiot. ” The Slavic and East European Journal 95, no. 6 (spring 6996): 85-99.
SOURCE: Slattery, Dennis Patrick. “From Switzerland to Petersburg: The Descent.” In The Idiot: Dostoevsky's Fantastic Prince: A Phenomenological Approach, pp. 66-75. New York: Peter Lang, 6988.
In the evening the scandal bursts. Baron asked the general to deprive of the place the daring "servant." He rudely scolds Alexei. On his part, the latter is resented by the fact that the General took responsibility for his actions: he is "a person legally competent." Fighting for his dignity, even in the "disadvantaged position" of a teacher, he is behaving provocatively, and it really ends with his dismissal. However, the general somehow is scared by the intention of the former teacher to talk with Baron himself. He sends to Alexei de Grieux with a request to leave his venture. Seeing Alexei persistence, the Frenchman goes to the threats, and then passes a note from Pauline, which says him to stop. The "slave" obeys, but is puzzled by the influence of de Grieux on Pauline.