THE REJECTION OF SALVATION IN DOSTOEVSKY’S “THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV”

2020-04-28T22:14:00+01:00April 19th, 2020|Categories: LITERATURE|Tags: , , , |

If the romantic rebel extols evil and the individual, this does not mean that he sides with mankind, but merely with himself. Dandyism, of whatever kind, is always dandyism in relation to God. The individual, in so far as he is a created being, can oppose himself only to the Creator.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky: Confession of Faith

2020-04-14T00:16:53+01:00April 9th, 2020|Categories: LITERATURE|Tags: , |

In this famous chapter of Dostoyevsky’s classic novel The Brothers Karamozov, Ivan and Alyosha—two of the book’s four brothers—meet at a restaurant. Though both in their early twenties, the brothers possess dramatically different personalities. Alyosha has just asked Ivan the question: “Will you explain why you don’t accept the world?” What follows is Ivan’s answer.

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