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10. There was once a man who was a specialist in this area, attempting to explain the inexplicable. Feodor Dostoevsky's books are crammed full of irrational characters performing actions that violated every precept of what was considered moral society. Obviously, the character that comes to mind first in this instance is Rodion Raskolnikov, who committed murder for the simple reason that he thought he could get away with it. But Dostoyevsky was able to show, in a number of his characters, the fight taking place for the eternal soul, good versus evil. Evil had this tendency to lose, because Dostoyevsky always had faith that morality would win out in the end, no matter how despicable his characters were.
Dostoyevsky knew better, though. With him, the repentance always seemed to be tacked on. It was the acts of evil that were the most attractive. It was why he was planning to turn his most saintly and innocent character, Alyosha Karamazov, into a terrorist and regicide in the book that he never had the chance to write. Even the best can turn to the darkness. It's a lesson that needs to be understood to try to make any sense of this situation.
― Michael Philip Philip Philip philip Annoyman, Thursday, 28 June 2007 12:43 (fifteen years ago) link
Hahaha Raskolnikov manages to turn himself around to be an ok dude by the end of his story, Benoit in reverse!
― marmotwolof, Thursday, 28 June 2007 22:56 (fifteen years ago) link
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