A superb new translation of The Idiot reveals some unexpected facets of Dostoevsky’s hero, AS Byatt finds. The The Idiot characters covered include: Prince Lev Nikolayevich Myshkin immensely kind, which leads most characters in the novel to consider him an ” idiot. From a general summary to chapter summaries to explanations of famous quotes , the SparkNotes The Idiot Study Guide has everything you need to ace quizzes.

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When does the book start to get really interesting? If Raskolnikov was the charismatic murderer whose side I dostoievskij despite myself when he killed an old woman out of greed and broke down psychologically afterwards, Prince Myshkin is the supposedly good, childlike Christ figure whom I failed to like at all. One of my friends is a big fan of Dostoyevsky, and he says this book is his favorite. They try to deal with modernity ad hoc, without a recipe, and suffer from confusion.

Rostojevskij 3, chapter 6, p But in real life, even with a belief in determinism or preordinationthe subject always assumes its freedom and acts as though the future is unwritten. The educated people with whom Myshkin mingles are concerned with their own nervous modernity. While on the train to Russia, he meets and befriends a man of dubious character called Rogozhin. But I will give him a pass on that one, knowing he suffers from epilepsy and maybe from other conditions as well, which might make learning impossible for him.

In one early draft, the character who dostojegskij to become Prince Myshkin is an evil man who commits a series of terrible crimes, including the rape of his adopted sister Nastasya Filippovnaand who only arrives at goodness by way of his conversion through Christ.

Just do make it clear from the beginning: General Ivolgin as I. View all 30 comments.

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Despite the appearance of omniscience, the narrator of The Idiot is given a distinct voice like any other character, and often conveys only a partial understanding of the events he is describing. They would have wanted to shut her up. But the Prince remains troubled and for the next few hours he wanders the streets, immersed in intense contemplation. I didn’t like Crime and Punishment.


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He comes to police attention Unlike Eliot, Dostoevsky was Christian, and increasingly passionate about preserving faith. The reading drags on for over an hour and by its end the sun has risen. This book disappointed me. Was he busying himself in improving the world? View all 19 comments.

Ippolit faints but is not killed. Myshkin finds love in Agalaya but all idlot loose breaks when once again Nastasya decides that she is still in love with the Prince.

Quoted in Terras The Idiot, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Twenty minutes later, with all the preparations for the execution having been completed, they were unexpectedly reprieved, but for those twenty minutes the man lived with the complete certainty that he was soon to face sudden death. That evening Dodtojevskij, having left her home in secret, calls for the Prince.

On the day of marriage she elopes to be with Rogozhin. What The Idiot bespeaks idior something about life that is so real and true that the novel, while very intense, feels completely unexaggerated. And Lebedeva minor clerk the kind of gentleman who knows everything about Petersburg’s important people.

Such suffering isiot terror were what Christ spoke of. He has no sense of social class – he could talk in the same way with servants or master, grownups or children. Dostohevskij situation was made even worse by his gambling addiction. He describes the beheading of John the Baptist; looking for details of his face in that still and eternal second before his execution. They seem to be overloaded with stoppered sexual energy. The two men keep vigil over the body, which Rogozhin has laid out in his study.


How do I summarize a novel like this in one paragraph? John Jones, in his excellent study of Dostoevsky, rejects The Idiot as a major work on the grounds that, alone among Dostoevsky’s novels, it dostojvskij not have the intricate tissue of language and punning Jones makes available to non-Russian readers.

They demand money from Myshkin as a “just” reimbursement for Pavlishchev’s support, but their arrogant bravado is severely dented when Gavril Ardalionovich, who has been researching the matter on Myshkin’s behalf, proves conclusively that the claim dostojefskij false and that Burdovsky has been deceived.

While listening to the high-spirited conversation and watching Aglaya in a kind of daze, he notices Rogozhin and Nastasya Filippovna in the crowd.

But until my eyes are opened to this book’s secret merit, I will steer those who ask to Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazovwhich are not merely occasionally brilliant, but splendid from beginning to end.

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It turns out that one of those present—Ivan Petrovich—is a relative of his beloved benefactor Pavlishchev, and the Prince becomes extraordinarily enthusiastic. What happens when you drop into higher society a man with a title but an illness that took him away to Switzerland for all his youth?

Myshkin himself has a strong tendency to feel ashamed of his own thoughts and actions. According to Gary Saul Morson” The Idiot violates every critical norm and yet somehow manages to achieve real greatness.

It is, therefore, incumbent on the reader to look past his demerits—his clunky dialogue, his exaggerated personalities, his slipshod plots—in order to appreciate his peculiar genius, if the reader is to get anything at all out of his works.