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Grushenka the Murderer Essay

  • Submitted by: famakh
  • on March 26, 2014
  • Category: English
  • Length: 3,007 words

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Fyodor Dostoevsky is one of the giants of Russian Literature whose novel, The Brothers Karamzov, is a known to be a masterpiece in the history of Literature. The intricacy with which Dostoevsky has created the characters and their relationships in the book, more specifically, the parricide that the novel revolves around is the notion this paper will discuss critically. This paper argues that the murder of Fyodor Pavlovich Karamazov at the hands of his bastard son, Smerdyakov, did not take place due to Ivan Karamazov’s subtle approval, Smerdykov’s own motives or Mr. Karamazov’s behavior towards the murderer, but the main reason was Miss Agrafena Alexandrovna Svetlov, commonly known as Grushenka. She was the reason both father and son got muddled in their obsession over her and were driven to such despicable heights in their hatred and jealousy for each other that it gave a clear opening for the murderer to take advantage of the circumstances and murder Fyodor Karamazov while also robbing him off the three thousand rubles he had kept safe for his object of infatuation. It is my contention to provide a different analysis of the murder and prove Miss Svetlov guilty for the crime other than Smerdyakov or Ivan Karamazov.
The “local beauty” that had seemed to have enchanted Fyodor and Dmitiri Karamzov had been betrayed by a Polish officer only when she was a young eighteen year old girl. Her infatuation with the man had led her to have unrealistic aspirations from life and it crushed her when he left her to marry another woman, leaving her “disgraced and dishonored” (459). Thereafter, when she was still a “slender, shy…brooding” girl she was taken under the protection of a merchant, Samsonov. With an already slighted reputation, Grushenka was rumored to have been living with Samsonov as his mistress in return for his financial help. Nathan Rosen places her under the category of an “eternal victim”, a woman who is a symbol of “pain and justice” in the novel like Sonia in...

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