What is the relationship between the first and second parts of Notes from Underground?

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The first part of Notes from Underground takes the form of a character sketch written in first-person narrative. The unnamed narrator tells the reader in considerable detail what kind of a man he is. Fairly soon, we're under no illusions that this is a deeply conflicted, complicated man with numerous negative character traits as fascinating as they are repellent. The underground man represents a case study in nihilism, the idea that there is nothing of ultimate value in the world. Nihilism was prominent among disillusioned members of the Russian middle classes in Dostoevsky's day, and in his withering contempt for the norms and values of society, the underground man symbolizes many of his fellow countrymen.

In part two, the underground man fills in some...

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