The Brothers Karamazov Book Summary and Study Guide

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There is many mental ordeal between Ivan and Dimitry and Dimitry and his father Fyodor. The violence in this novel is taken in by Smerdyakov (perhaps mentally ill). Ivan struggles with guilt, feeling that he caused father's death.
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The review of this Book prepared by Smiley2002

In Dostoevsky's final novel, the three sons of Fyodor Karamazov may be seen to embody various aspects of the human condition: the sensual (Dmitri), the intellectual (Ivan), and the spiritual (Alexey or "Alyosha"). The two older brothers vie for the love of several women, Alyosha becomes the student of a famous elder of the Orthodox Church. Dmitri is tried for the violent murder of their father (Freud LOVED this book), Ivan discusses the nature of justice and forgiveness with Alyosha in the famous "Legend of the Grand Inquisitor." It's hard to believe this roiling, turbulent masterpiece of psychological realism could have been nothing more than a prologue; had Dostoevsky not died a year after it was published, he might have realized his plan to write a trilogy about the adult life and trials of Alyosha.
The review of this Book prepared by David Loftus

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1600-1899 Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Family, struggle with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   Father (or standin)    -   Brother Crime & Police story    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Lover is    -   of a different social class Unmarried Love Triangle?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   religious figure Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Russian


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Russia Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   hostile, like Gomer Pyle on steroids Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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