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Characterization in Dostoevsky’s Novels from the Perspective of Religious Culture: Take the Brother Karamazov as an Example

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DOI: 10.23977/ICEIPI2020007


Li Xin

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Li Xin


Fyodor Mikhaylovich Dostoyevsky is a dazzling star of the bright Russia literary arena in 19th century. The Brothers Karamazov is Dostoyevsky’s last work. Also, some people thought this is the work which represents the writer’s belief and the objective. In The Brothers Karamazov, Dostoyevsky creates two main characters, Dmitry and Ivan, who are both dualistic in their thoughts. By revealing their different fates, the author shows his own extremely complex and contradictory meditation on the world, and the thought behind this tension points to the Christian faith. Facing the evil in the world, Dostoyevsky stands on the standpoint of faith. When reason is no longer just a specific means of cognition, the rational admirers may lose the normal head and into the false. Dostoevsky opposes excessive worship of reason, refuses any rational moral historical or political salvation plan, but to choose a free love and harmony with God.


Brother Karamazov, Dostoyevsky, religion

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