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The Brothers Karamazov

It's possible that Lise wanted Ivan, but he rejected her. His reaction to her letter suggests this. However, he later says that he likes her and that what he said about her was a lie. So it's...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2019, 12:26 am (UTC)

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It also implies through the actions of Dmitri and Ivan that there are at least two possible routes to take if there is no immortality and thus no morality. One can, like Dmitri, follow one's...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2013, 8:15 pm (UTC)

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Toward the middle of the novel Alyosha is directly identified as the "hero of the novel" by the narrator. Perhaps more significantly, as the philosophical opposition is developed between faith and...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2012, 5:45 am (UTC)

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This novel presents some amount of suggestion that circumstances control us and not the other way around. We can describe this notion in the broadest terms as a Nurture over Nature novelistic...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2012, 7:58 am (UTC)

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What an interesting idea for a simplistic theme for this very deep Russian novel. I agree that "children" could definitely be a very simple theme in The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky,...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2015, 11:20 am (UTC)

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Ivan relates a story that Jesus Christ returned to earth in the sixteenth century, during the Spanish Inquisition. The Grand Inquisitor adamantly repudiates the core values of Christ’s teachings....

Latest answer posted April 30, 2019, 11:07 pm (UTC)

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Let us remember that the story of the Grand Inquisitor that Ivan tells his brother, Alyosha, is an incredible denunciation of the church and their abuse of power. The central idea is that Jesus...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2011, 6:14 pm (UTC)

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In The Brothers Karamozov, the Grand Inquisitor asserts a humanistic critique of Jesus' teaching as the devil did in "The Temptation of Jesus" in Luke 4. First, here's what Jesus said: 1. Man does...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2010, 2:53 am (UTC)

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To begin, I would note that the thought experiment involving the tortured child actually appears as the culmination of a much longer argument on the part of Ivan Karamazov, in which he details his...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2019, 5:03 am (UTC)

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In the Bible, God's servant, Job, is a holy man that loves God. When Satan appears in front of God and says that Job only worships him because God has blessed Job, God allows Satan to tempt Job,...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2010, 1:29 am (UTC)

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The late Walter Kaufmann, a leading authority on existentialism, observed in his work Existentialism that Dostoyevsky was given to writing about characters who were very different than he was, or...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2012, 9:29 am (UTC)

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Lise is suffering some type of mental anguish, and she is fantasizing about watching someone else suffer. The fact that she mentions that she would eat pineapple compote, while a four year old who...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2007, 11:55 am (UTC)

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