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SLAVIC 210
Final EXAM
STUDY GUIDE
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MOCK%EXECUTION
SIBERIAN%PRISON%CAMP
"The%regeneration%of%my%convictions"%-the%way%he%had%previously%viewed%
the%world%was%too%simplistic/naïve%
Witnessed%people%that%enjoyed%torturing%children,%guards%that%enjoyed%
torturing%prisoners,%people%who%enjoyed%the%sheer%power of%domination
Life%becomes%meaningless%without%freedom
The%value%of%privacy%(having%something%of%your%own)
For%4%years%he%was%not%alone%once%(in%prison)
First-hand%experience% of%the%common%people%through%his%years%in%prison%-
the%intellectuals%write%about%the%common%people%but%don't%really%know%
them%at%all
Experiences%a%renewal%of%faith%
Defining%faith%as%the%search%for%faith (a%quest%governed%by%a%respect%
for%meaning)
Faith%is%not%a%certainty%but%a%struggle
After%prison,%he%marries%an%older%woman%with%a%son%
Consumptive%widow%>%not%a%good%marriage
Marred%from%the%beginning%by%his%FIRST&EPILEPTIC&SEIZURE on%their%
honeymoon
Writes%about%EPILEPSY%a%lot%("The%Idiot")
Descriptions%are%similar%to%descriptions%of%capital%punishment
Dostoevsky's%book%about%the%prison%camp%does%not%get%published%because%it%is%
not%horrifying%ENOUGH%to%deter%people%from%committing%crime
Dostoevsky%through%his%career%becomes%more%and%more%politically%incorrect%
(and%conservative)
Intelligencia%-%%radical%political%group%%
Socialist/communist/anarchist
Materialist%and%atheist
Had%to%identify%primarily%as%a%member%of%the%intelligencia% (cannot%be%a%
nobleman/businessman/engineer%first)%%
Believe% that%art%should%be%political% propaganda
Dostoevsky%opposed%the%Intelligencia% (the%character%Rakitin embodies%this%
group)
Dostoevsky)
Thursday,%September% 21,%2017
12:33%PM
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GAMBLING%ADDICTION
Always%one%step%ahead%of%debtor's%prison
Has%a%very%hard%time%managing%money%
Gambling%creates%a%high%(gives%him%the%sensation%of%the%execution%story%
where%he%was%almost%executed%but%they%came%in%and%said%never%mind)
Second%Wife%story
She%was%a%stenographer%and%is%sent%to%Dostoevsky's%house%to%transcribe%a%
novel
Her%family%had%been%brought%up%on%the%writings%of%Dostoevsky%
She%is%a%believer%in%God%>%Dostoevsky%is%interested%in%her%
She%transcribes%a%novel%for%him%called% "The%Gambler"%about%a%man%with%a%
gambling%addiction%(they%finish%two%days%before%his%deadline)%
Dostoevsky%asks%her%to%write%another%novel%for%him%
"Possed"%("The%Demons")%=%Dostoevsky's%political%novel%
Describes%totalitarianism%in%detail
Sets%up%a%publishing%house%for%himself%to%eliminate%the%middleman
The%Brothers%Karamasov
Last%novel
Not%working%to%a%deadline
Annoyed%at%writers%who%were%independently%wealthy%that%could%take%as%
long%as%they%want%to%write%a%book%
Dostoevsky%dies%shortly%after%writing%
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