SLAVIC 210 Study Guide - Midterm Guide: Green Leaves, List Of Narrative Techniques, Human Nature

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Character List
The Karamazovs:
Fyodor Pavlovich Karamazov
Wealthy patriarch
Father of Alyosha, Dmitri, Ivan and probably Smerdyakov
Vulgar, greedy, buffoon, “sensualist”
Lives life devoted to satisfaction of sense with no consideration of who he hurts
Murdered by Smerdyakov
Alexei Fyodorovich Karamzaov (Alyosha, Alyoshka, Alyoshenka Alyoshechka,
Alxeichick, Lyosha, Lyoshenka)
Protagonist
3rd son of Fyodor
Gentle, kind, loving, wise, innocent, sensitive, intelligent but not intellectual,
dependent, “fanatically chaste, resembles his mother
foil/ opposite of his father
Natural faith in god- translates to love for mankind
Zosima’s student
Dmirtri Fyodorovich Karamazov (Mitka, Mitya, Mitenka, Mitri)
Older son
Passionate, intemerate, easily sweat away by emotion
Loses interest in fiancee Katerina and falls in love with Grushenka
Violent temper
Must overcome his own flawed nature to attain spiritual redemption
Soldier
Sensualist
Ivan Fyodorovich Karamazov (Vanya, Vanka, Vanechka)
Smart, logical mind, intellectual, detached, brilliant, nihilist/atheist
Demands rational explanation for everything that happens
Religious doubt
How could there be a god when there is unjust suffering
Believes in god, but doesn’t believe in god’s benevolence
Likes to remain neutral rather than choosing a side to an argument
Adelaida
First wife
Wealthy, independent
Dmitri’s mother
Strong
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Sofya
Second wife
Ivan and Alysoha’s mother
Gentle
Dependent
Weak and loving
Smerdyakov
Fyodor’s illegitimate son
Bright, sadistic, sullen, vulgar version of Ivan
Resentful
Son of Lizaveta and Fyodor
Raised by Grigory
Works in Fyodor’s house as a servant
Epileptic
Mean temperament
Likes to talk about philosophy with Ivan which leads him to murder Fyodor
Ivan doesn’t respect him because he sees him as clever, but not intellectually
hoonest
Doesnt deny god’s existence he denies god as being benevolent
Others:
Agrafena Alexandrovna Svetlov (grushenka, Grusha, Grushka)
Brought to town by Samsonov after a lover betrays her
Headstrong and proud
Universal object of desire
Fyodor and Dmitri fight over her
Promiscuous but too proud to give herself easily to men
Increases wealth by making investments
After meeting Alyosha her gentle side emerges
Zosima
Wise elder
Alyosha's mentor
Dies in book VI
Religious and intelligent
Preaches active loving for mankind and forgiving sins of others and cherishing
gods creation
Faith gives him insight into people’s minds
Resented by some at the monastery
Humble before peasant woman
Katerina Ivanovna Verkhovtsev (Katya, Kakta, Katenka)
Dmitri fiancee who he abandons for Grushenka
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Daughter of military captain
Adopts attitude of martyrdom after Dmitri mistreats her
Loves Ivan
Very loyal
Dmitri is dependent on her because he owes her money and resents it
Katerina Ospovna Khokhlakov (Madame Khokhlakov)
Wealthy friend of Katerina
Harmless but shallow and self-centered
Obsess over the misbehaviors of her daughter Lise
Liza Khokhlakov (Lise)
Mischievous, shallow and self-centered
Engaged to Alyosha briefly
Crushes fingernail in a door to punish herself
Grigory Kutuzov Vasilievich
Fyodor’s servant
Raises Smerdyakov
Pyotr Alexandrovich Miusov
Fyodor’s first wife’s cousin
Hates Fyodor
Took care of Dmitri
Wealthy landowner, liberal/socialist
Athiest
Mikhail Osipovich Raktin
Hates Alyosha but Alyosha considers him a friend
Too sophisticated to have real religious faith
Claims to be a socialist
Threatened by Alyosha’s goodness
Tries to introduce Alyosha to Grushenka to shake his faith
Important Chapter Summaries
Fyodor Pavlovich Karamazov
He Gets Rid of His Eldest Son
The Old Buffoon
Quote: page 45 “above all do not lie to yourself…”
Fyodor’s personality
Alludes to redemption
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