History Literature / TheBrothersKaramazov

26th Jun '16 11:22:54 PM PaulA
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* '''Ivan''' - The middle brother, half-brother to Dmitri and older brother to Alyosha. Ivan grew up with his father's servant Grigory after his and Alyosha's mother died, and then [[TheSpock went off to university in Moscow]] supported by an inheritance left to him by his maternal grandmother, writing articles and editorials for periodicals and school newspapers there. He acquires some fame after publishing an article about ecumenical politics and the emerging atheism of the modern age, in which he [[OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions famously declares]] of the [[NietzscheWannabe new morality]], [[ArcWords "If God does not exist, then everything is permissible."]] He is twenty-four years old.

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* '''Ivan''' - The middle brother, half-brother to Dmitri and older brother to Alyosha. Ivan grew up with his father's servant Grigory after his and Alyosha's mother died, and then [[TheSpock went off to university in Moscow]] supported by an inheritance left to him by his maternal grandmother, writing articles and editorials for periodicals and school newspapers there. He acquires some fame after publishing an article about ecumenical politics and the emerging atheism of the modern age, in which he [[OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions famously declares]] of the [[NietzscheWannabe [[StrawNihilist new morality]], [[ArcWords "If God does not exist, then everything is permissible."]] He is twenty-four years old.



* '''Smerdyakov''' - The son of Stinking Lizaveta, a mentally challenged beggar-woman who hopped the fence of the Karamazov house one night and gave birth to him, aided by Grigory and his wife. The rumor is that he's an illegitimate child of Fyodor's, which is strongly supported by the text. He works as a manservant and cook in the Karamazov house after having been trained in Moscow for a time, and is [[NietzscheWannabe generally misanthropic and antisocial]]. He is around twenty years old.

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* '''Smerdyakov''' - The son of Stinking Lizaveta, a mentally challenged beggar-woman who hopped the fence of the Karamazov house one night and gave birth to him, aided by Grigory and his wife. The rumor is that he's an illegitimate child of Fyodor's, which is strongly supported by the text. He works as a manservant and cook in the Karamazov house after having been trained in Moscow for a time, and is [[NietzscheWannabe [[StrawNihilist generally misanthropic and antisocial]]. He is around twenty years old.



* [[spoiler: TheButlerDidIt: The murderer was Smerdyakov]]

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* [[spoiler: TheButlerDidIt: The [[spoiler:The murderer was Smerdyakov]]Smerdyakov]].



* GrandInquisitorScene: The TropeNamer is the story Ivan tells Alyosha about the interrogation of Christ returned by the Inquisition.

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* GrandInquisitorScene: The TropeNamer is the story Ivan tells Alyosha about the interrogation of Christ returned by the Inquisition.UsefulNotes/TheSpanishInquisition.



* MentorArchetype: Father Zosima.



* NietzscheWannabe: Ivan, Smerdyakov, and possibly Fyodor.
** Averted in real life, however. Nietzsche was influenced ''by Dostoevsky'' and nihilism was a discrete movement among the intelligentsia. Ivan may count as a subversion or even aversion depending on how you read the text (death of the author vs. Dostoevsky's intentions, for one).
* TheObiWan: Father Zosima.



* {{Patronymic}}: It ''is'' a Russian novel after all.



* UsefulNotes/TheSpanishInquisition: Setting for Ivan's parable "The Grand Inquisitor".


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* StrawNihilist: Ivan, Smerdyakov, and possibly Fyodor.
26th Jun '16 11:04:58 PM PaulA
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* AuthorExistenceFailure: Dostoevsky intended the book to be [[WhatCouldHaveBeen the first of a trilogy.]]
24th Jun '16 12:44:27 AM PaulA
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The novel was intended to be only the first arc of a much larger story, entitled ''The Life of a Great Sinner,'' but [[AuthorExistenceFailure Dostoevsky died, before he could complete any more of it]] (four months after the novel's publication, in fact).
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8th May '16 10:59:10 AM DearestWindmillGirl
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* AloofBigBrother: At first, Ivan is this a bit toward Alyosha, but later warms up to him. Not so with warm, HotBlooded Dmitri, who adores Alyosha from the start.

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* AloofBigBrother: At first, Ivan is this a bit toward Alyosha, but later warms up to him. Not so Averted with warm, HotBlooded Dmitri, who admires Ivan and adores Alyosha from the start.



* ClearMyName: Everyone but Dmitri seems convinced that he killed his father.
* TheChessmaster: Smerdyakov. [[spoiler: From convincing Ivan out of town with ReversePsychology, to feigning an epileptic attack, to lying to Dmitri about the envelope, and killing himself so that he couldn't be proven guilty, Smerdyakov all but guarantees Dmitri's conviction.]]

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* ClearMyName: Everyone but Dmitri (and Alyosha) seems convinced that he killed his father.
* TheChessmaster: Smerdyakov. [[spoiler: From convincing Ivan out of town with ReversePsychology, to feigning an epileptic attack, to lying to Dmitri about the envelope, to MindScrew -ing Ivan into believing he's partially responsible, and killing himself so that he couldn't be proven guilty, Smerdyakov all but guarantees Dmitri's conviction.]]



* TheDevilIsALoser: [[spoiler:Smerdyakov.]]

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* TheDevilIsALoser: [[spoiler:Smerdyakov. Also, Ivan's hallucination is far from impressive.]]



* FatalFlaw: Ivan's intellectual arrogance, Dmitri's hedonistic intemperance.

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* FatalFlaw: Ivan's intellectual arrogance, Dmitri's hedonistic intemperance.intemperance, Katerina's wounded pride, Grushenka's spite



* HairTriggerTemper: Dmitri



* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Grusa.

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* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Grusa.Grushenka.



* ManipulativeBastard: Smerdyakov in the truest sense, but really, the entire cast except for TheWoobie.

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* ManipulativeBastard: Smerdyakov in the truest sense, but really, most of the entire cast except for TheWoobie.with the exceptions of the (legitimate) brothers themselves.



* MurderTheHypotenuse

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* MurderTheHypotenuseMurderTheHypotenuse: [[spoiler: Supposed to be part of Mitya's motivation for murdering Fyodor]]
8th May '16 12:45:07 AM DearestWindmillGirl
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* AloofBigBrother: At first, Ivan is this a bit toward Alyosha, but later warms up to him. Not so with warm, HotBlooded Dmitri, who adores Alyosha from the start.
5th Jan '16 1:07:54 PM aye_amber
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The novel was intended to be only the first arc of a much larger story entitled ''The Life of a Great Sinner'', but [[AuthorExistenceFailure Dostoevsky died before he could complete any more of it]] (four months after the novel's publication, in fact).

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The novel was intended to be only the first arc of a much larger story story, entitled ''The Life of a Great Sinner'', Sinner,'' but [[AuthorExistenceFailure Dostoevsky died died, before he could complete any more of it]] (four months after the novel's publication, in fact).fact).
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2nd Jan '15 2:38:41 PM rgeminas
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* NarrativeProfanityFilter: The song sang by the girls before [[spoiler: Mitya's arrest]] - "The soldier boy will pack his kit / And drag me with him through ..."
2nd Jan '15 2:36:24 PM rgeminas
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* CurseCutShort: The song sang by the girls before [[spoiler: Mitya's arrest]] - "The soldier boy will pack his kit / And drag me with him through ..."
2nd Jan '15 2:35:38 PM rgeminas
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* CurseCutShort: The song sang by the girls before [[spoiler: Mitya's arrest]] - "The soldier boy will pack his kit / And drag me with him through ..."
15th Oct '14 9:37:47 AM LaStella
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* '''[[PluckyComicRelief Madame Khokhlakov]]''' - A lady of modest income and good standing, Madame Khokhlakov is introduced when she appears at the monastery seeking an audience with the Elder Zosima for her daughter Lise, [[IllGirl a sick girl confined to a wheelchair]]. She later establishes herself as a town gossip, due to just really not knowing when to shut up. She is the source of a lot of comedy because of this.

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* '''[[PluckyComicRelief Madame Khokhlakov]]''' Khokhlakova]]''' - A lady of modest income and good standing, Madame Khokhlakov Khokhlakova is introduced when she appears at the monastery seeking an audience with the Elder Zosima for her daughter Lise, [[IllGirl a sick girl confined to a wheelchair]]. She later establishes herself as a town gossip, due to just really not knowing when to shut up. She is the source of a lot of comedy because of this.
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