"The Brothers Karamazov" Analytical Essay by chief

"The Brothers Karamazov"
A character analysis of the "The Brothers Karamazov" by Fyodor Dostoevsky.
# 25094 | 1,454 words | 0 sources | 2002 | US
Published on Apr 25, 2003 in Literature (Russian) , English (Analysis)

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This paper reviews Fyodor Dostoevsky's last novel, "The Brothers Karamazov" and examines how the title characters can be seen as all representing different aspects of a single person. It analyzes how the four brothers Karamazov are very different people and how each has an individual, unique world view. Each has a different mother and accordingly a different role in society, but there is one thing that they do have in common and it unifies them despite the other differences. It discusses how each brother's personality represents a unique contribution to their father's character. As they are symbolically fit together in him, their weaknesses and inability to function become irrelevant.

From the Paper:

"However, Alyosha without his father presents a very different picture. One way of describing his behavior is that Alyosha has a "Jesus Christ" complex. He views himself as the savior of his family. He joins the monastery to bring salvation to his family, believing in the hope that if any of them follow in God's light, then by some miracle of substitution, all of them will be saved. It is for this reason that he valiantly defends the honor of Jesus Christ against Ivan's attack, and it is for this reason that he builds up a core of disciples. Alyosha is committed to a course of action in which it is his job to cure everyone of their ills."

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