History Literature / TheBrothersKaramazov

15th Mar '18 7:45:33 PM jamespolk
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Adaptations of note include a 1958 Hollywood film starring Creator/YulBrynner and Creator/WilliamShatner (yes!), a [[Film/TheBrothersKaramazov1969 1969 Russian film]], and a 2009 12-part Russian TV series.
19th Feb '18 1:03:13 AM Breakermorrant
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** Smerdyakov means approximately stinking with ''smerdet''' meaning ''stink'' and ov being the suffix for surname. Of course in his case it is intentional as his mother was called Lizaveta Smerdyashaya, ''smerdyashaya'' being a present tense participle for the same verb ''smerdet''' (thus she was called nearly exactly Lizaveta the stinking as she was a hobo).

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** Smerdyakov means approximately stinking with ''smerdet''' ''smerdet'' meaning ''stink'' and ov being the suffix for surname. Of course in his case it is intentional as his mother was called Lizaveta Smerdyashaya, ''smerdyashaya'' being a present tense participle for the same verb ''smerdet''' ''smerdet'' (thus she was called nearly exactly Lizaveta the stinking Stinking as she was a hobo).
19th Feb '18 1:02:12 AM Breakermorrant
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** Karamazov is made of two roots: "kara" meaning "black" in Turk languages (though not in Russian) as well as "maz" which implies the verb "mazat'" meaning smear plus "ov the suffix for surname". Then Karamazov means "black-smmearing" or "black-smeared". Of course only if one knows what "kara" means, which an ordinary speaker does not.

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** Karamazov is made of two roots: "kara" ''kara'' meaning "black" ''black in Turk Turkic languages (though (but not in Russian) as well as "maz" which implies the Russian verb "mazat'" meaning smear plus "ov ov, the suffix for surname". Then surname. Thus Karamazov means "black-smmearing" or "black-smeared". Of course only if one knows what "kara" ''kara'' means, which an ordinary Russian speaker does not.not.
** Smerdyakov means approximately stinking with ''smerdet''' meaning ''stink'' and ov being the suffix for surname. Of course in his case it is intentional as his mother was called Lizaveta Smerdyashaya, ''smerdyashaya'' being a present tense participle for the same verb ''smerdet''' (thus she was called nearly exactly Lizaveta the stinking as she was a hobo).
11th Feb '18 7:49:11 PM nombretomado
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* '''Fyodor [[{{Patronymic}} Pavlovich]] Karamazov''' - The father. A libertine and glutton, Fyodor is also said to be a shrewd businessman and financier. Overall a thoroughly horrible man, he sires three sons with two wives, driving both wives to death before their time because of how [[{{Jerkass}} impossible it is to live in the same house as him.]] His murder serves as one of the major pivotal plot points. He is around fifty years old.

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* '''Fyodor [[{{Patronymic}} [[{{UsefulNotes/Patronymic}} Pavlovich]] Karamazov''' - The father. A libertine and glutton, Fyodor is also said to be a shrewd businessman and financier. Overall a thoroughly horrible man, he sires three sons with two wives, driving both wives to death before their time because of how [[{{Jerkass}} impossible it is to live in the same house as him.]] His murder serves as one of the major pivotal plot points. He is around fifty years old.
16th Jan '18 4:46:27 PM Breakermorrant
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* ShoutOutShoutOut: Fyodor Pavlovich refers to Luke 7:47 saying that Grushenka the whore will be forgiven by the Christ for "the great love she has shown". The priest objects that the biblical woman was saved for the other kind of love but Fyodor Pavlovich insists that the woman who was a sinner was saved for exactly the same sort of love as practiced by Grushenka.
16th Jan '18 4:33:15 PM Breakermorrant
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* BoisterousBruiser: Dmitry Karamazov, the captain of the Russian army and a menacing presence except for his brothers.
12th Jan '18 9:30:44 PM Gludd20
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* FreudianTrio: The three brothers: Dmitri is the id, Ivan is the superego, and Alyosha is the ego.
19th Dec '17 1:34:08 AM Breakermorrant
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* '''Agrafina''' - A [[HookerWithAHeartOfGold disreputable but immensely attractive woman]] who has been a public fixture in the town for around half a decade. Rumors fly about her being a prostitute with a price too high for any man, but [[HelloNurse ultimately worth every kopeck]]. '''Grushenka''', as she is most commonly known, is desired by both Fyodor and Dmitri, setting up the initial LoveTriangle of the story.

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* '''Agrafina''' '''Agrafena''' - A [[HookerWithAHeartOfGold disreputable but immensely attractive woman]] who has been a public fixture in the town for around half a decade. Rumors fly about her being a prostitute with a price too high for any man, but [[HelloNurse ultimately worth every kopeck]]. '''Grushenka''', as she is most commonly known, is desired by both Fyodor and Dmitri, setting up the initial LoveTriangle of the story.



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** Karamazov is made of two roots: "kara" meaning "black" in Turk languages (though not in Russian) as well as "maz" which implies the verb "mazat'" meaning smear plus "ov the suffix for surname". Then Karamazov means "black-smmearing" or "black-smeared". Of course only if one knows what "kara" means, which an ordinary speaker does not.



* ThePhilosopher: Many of the characters, but particularly Ivan and Father Zosima, who each occupy one point on the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism.

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* ThePhilosopher: Many of the characters, but particularly Ivan and Father Zosima, who each occupy one point extreme points on the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism.
23rd Nov '17 4:32:45 AM Fireblood
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* DysfunctionJunction: All of the brothers except perhaps Alyosha have their fair share of neuroses. Almost all major supporting characters have had something tragic happen in their lives.
** Alyosha's afraid of women and experiences a crisis of faith because his spiritual mentor's body starts decaying after death.
*** The crisis of faith has more to do with how readily the monastic community rejects Father Zosima after his body starts decaying, doesn't it?

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* DysfunctionJunction: All of the brothers except perhaps Alyosha have their fair share of neuroses. Almost all major supporting characters have had something tragic happen in their lives.
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lives. Alyosha's afraid of women and experiences a crisis of faith because his spiritual mentor's body starts decaying after death.
*** The crisis of faith has more to do with how readily
death and the monastic community therefore rejects Father Zosima after his body starts decaying, doesn't it?him.



* HollywoodAtheist: Ivan declaring that atheism means anything goes with morality.
** On the surface, yes, but actually a subversion, as while Ivan states that with God dead, anything is permissible ''in theory'', his actual case for atheism (as laid out in ''Rebellion'') is quite nuanced and distinct from the trope.

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* HollywoodAtheist: Ivan declaring that atheism means anything goes with morality.
** On the surface, yes, but actually a subversion, as while Ivan states that with God dead, anything is permissible ''in theory'', his actual case for atheism (as laid out
morality. However, he also gets to make some very poignant arguments in ''Rebellion'') is quite nuanced and distinct from the trope. favor of atheism.



* ThePhilosopher: Many of the characters, but Ivan and Father Zosima, who each occupy one point on the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism.

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* ThePhilosopher: Many of the characters, but particularly Ivan and Father Zosima, who each occupy one point on the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism.
2nd Dec '16 4:09:51 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* TheKirk: Alyosha. Appropriately enough, a pre-''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' WilliamShatner played him in the film adaptation.

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* TheKirk: Alyosha. Appropriately enough, a pre-''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' WilliamShatner Creator/WilliamShatner played him in the film adaptation.
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