Russian literary giant Fyodor Dostoevsky said about his final novel, The Brothers Karamazov, “I would die happy if I could finish this final novel, for I would have expressed myself completely”.
Fyodor Dostoevsky in his last novel is in the quest for finding the truth about life, religion, and existence.
The novel revolves around the simple murder mystery but that is not the main focus of the author. Dostoevsky has depicted the true picture of struggling Russian society, which was in the midst of the transformation from orthodox to secular beliefs.
Fyodor Dostoevsky has unveiled the absurdity of human actions and the difference in human thinking and actions.
The novel starts with Fyodor Karamazov, a selfish and wicked man who married twice, just for money. Both of his wives died early.
Fyodor Karamazov had four sons: Dmitry the sensualist, Ivan the intellectual, Alexei the mystic and Smerdyakov Karamazov the bastard child.
All four of them have been brought up by different people in different places and so all see life from their own perspective.
Dostoevsky has developed the characters so well that the reader can find themselves in them.
Alexei mysticism and Ivan’s secularism are present in all individuals. Individual transforms from one stage to other several times in life. Both Good and evil are inside every individual.
Alexei, the youngest Karamazov, listens to everyone and is always trying to solve problems for other people. He is a regular visitor to the Christian church and is a type of a person which no one can hate.
Ivan is a typical intellectual of that era, who is a vivid reader and targets the Orthodox Church for its dogmatic beliefs. Ivan is rational and argues with Alexei on religion, morality, and life.
His arguments have deeply affected Alexei. But Alexei’s firm relation with catholic elders and determined belief in dogmas does not affect his thoughts.
Dmitry is a pure Russian with an immense desire for the opposite gender. Ivan’s character has greatly impacted the French Philosopher Albert Camus book The Rebel.
Ivan is an atheist and believes in the separation of church from the state affairs.
The book will astonish the reader about how thoughts shape the world around them. The Brothers Karamazov is the opium of the weak masses.