If God Does Not Exist, Then Everything Is Permitted
An examination of the works of Fyodor Dostoevsky, proving that "If God does not exist, then everything is permitted" is the central thesis of the author's writings.
# 66521 | 1,060 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2005 |
Published on Jun 14, 2006 in Literature (General) , Literature (Russian) , Religion and Theology (Christianity)
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The paper briefly reviews Dostoevsky's early life, through his imprisonment in 1849, and then examines his correspondence about his writing and his belief in God. It identifies books in which Dostoevsky's belief is a factor in the book. The paper also examines the author's fascination with the idea of sin, and similarly analyzes his works with sin as a major theme, focusing on "Crime and Punishment". In conclusion, the paper finds that in Doestoevsky's work those characters who fail to learn that only God has the right to decide people's fate will have a terrible end.
From the Paper:"Fyodor Dostoevsky was born on 1821 in Moscow and attended school there. Later he attended the School of Military Engineers in St. Petersburg. His life was one full of misfortune and suffering, his works filled with religious views and philosophical discussions. In Dostoevsky's life an important turning point was his arrest in 1849 and imprisonment at the age of twenty-seven, shortly after the beginning of his writing career. He was sent to Siberia for eight years. This event interrupted his career for nearly ten years. After that event Dostoevsky started to write again. While Dostoevsky was planning his newest novel Idiot he wrote a letter to his friend A.N Maikov. In the letter he wrote: "with which I have been tormented, consciously or unconsciously all my life - that is, the existence of God" (Dirscherl 59). While he was in prison (where the only book allowed was the Bible) it appears Dostoevsky began to arise as a believer, writing in a letter to N.D.Fonvizin: "I believe that there is nothing lovelier, deeper, more sympathetic, more rational, more manly and more perfect than the Savior;... If anyone could prove to me that Christ is outside the truth, and if the truth really did exclude Christ, I should prefer to stay with Christ and not the truth" (Dirscherl 54). According to those events: arrest, prison, deportation in Siberia, Dostoevsky began to find answers for many questions in Religious aspects. Indeed, Dostoevsky was raised in religious family and was well educated with the contents of the Bible. Most of his literary work was consecrating with justifying the necessity of faith and of God as conditions of true freedom. His most influential works are: Crime and Punishment (1866) and The Brothers Karamazov (1879-80)."
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