Notes from the Underground

Notes from the Underground: Novel Summary: Part 1 Chapter 11-Part 2 Chapter 1

Part 1 Chapter 11-Part 2 Chapter 1Part 1 Chapter 11: The UM begins this chapter by proclaiming: “The final result, gentlemen, is that its better to do nothing! Conscious inertia is better! And so, long live the underground!” Yet quickly he admits that hes lying, that he doesnt truly prefer the underground, but “something different, …

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Notes from the Underground: Novel Summary: Part 1 Chapter 7-Part 1 Chapter 8

Part 1 Chapter 7-Part 1 Chapter 8Part 1 Chapter 7: The UM more clearly focuses his assault on Chernyshevskys “golden dreams” in this chapter, where he asserts that man is an inherently irrational creature (he cites human history, including the American Civil War, which was in progress during the time he was writing), and therefore …

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Notes from the Underground: Novel Summary: Part 1 Chapter 3-Part 1 Chapter 4

Part 1 Chapter 3-Part 1 Chapter 4Part 1 Chapter 3: The UM now uses an analogy to make his point.  He describes the normal, “stupid” person as an enraged bull rushing headlong into a wall at the slightest impulse.  He likens himself, one who possesses a hyperconsciousness, to a mouse-the antithesis of a normal man, …

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Notes from the Underground: Novel Summary: Part 1 Chapter 1-Part 1 Chapter 2

Part 1 Chapter 1-Part 1 Chapter 2Part 1 Chapter 1: Dostoevsky immediately introduces us into the mind of his forty-year-old Underground Man, who describes himself as a “sick”, “spiteful”, “most unpleasant man” with a liver disease for which he refuses to seek treatment “out of spite.” Throughout the mans speech, he addresses a formal audience …

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