Notes from the Underground

Notes from the Underground: Theme Analysis

Theme AnalysisNotes from the Undergroundis a quite complicated piece of writing that requires a bit of untangling to find all of Dostoevskys possible themes.  Its much easier and probably more valuable to the reader if we simply consider the broad meanings Dostoevsky conveys through his Underground Man. During Dostoevskys lifetime, the rational philosophies of naturalism …

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Notes from the Underground: Character Profiles

Character ProfilesUnderground Man: The central figure, indeed the anti-hero, of Notes from the Underground, is the Underground Man.  Its important to note that although the UM shares many of Dostoevskys own viewpoints about romanticism, the enlightenment and other issues, the author and his character must be clearly separated.  Dostoevsky himself alludes to this in his …

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Notes from the Underground: Novel Summary: Part 2 Chapter 2-Part 2 Chapter 3

Part 2 Chapter 2-Part 2 Chapter 3Part 2 Chapter 2: Dreaming is the only method the UM now finds to escape his life of “debauchery” and enter the world of the “beautiful and sublime.” He says that he dreamt for three months straight, and this dreaming was quite satisfying and even intoxicating, he admits.  He …

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