Summary and Analysis Part I: Underground (Chapters 1−5 )

New Characters
Unnamed narrator: The only character in the first part of Notes From Underground is the unnamed narrator. Throughout the novel, the narrator addresses the audience directly through the use of the pronoun you or the noun gentlemen. He does this in a way that it sometimes appears that he is arguing with the audience. He imagines how the audience is reacting to his statements and counters the audience’s arguments. The narrator also counters some of his own arguments, contradicting what he had previously stated or making the announcement that what he had previously said was a lie. The narrator describes himself both physically and mentally and attempts to present his philosophy of life....

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