The older brother of Zosima. He was eight years older than his brother, who was called Zinovy in childhood. As a boy, Markel was “hot-tempered and irritable by nature, but kind, not given to mockery, and strangely silent,” especially when he was at home. He was a good student, but didn’t make friends with his classmates. He instead developed a close relationship with a great scholar and distinguished professor who was exiled to their town from Moscow for “freethinking.” Similarly, Markel was an atheist who refused to obey the customs of religious traditions. He was tall and good-looking, but “thin and sickly.” He died in the third week of Easter of consumption, or tuberculosis, when Zinovy was still a boy.
Markel Character Timeline in The Brothers Karamazov
The timeline below shows where the character Markel appears in The Brothers Karamazov. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 2: Book 6, Chapter 2: From the Life of the Hieromonk and Elder Zosima, Departed in God, Composed from His Own Words by Alexei Fyodorovich Karamazov
...with “a small wooden house” and a bit of money. Zinovy’s older brother’s name was Markel, who was eight years older, “hot-tempered and irritable by nature.” Otherwise, he was kind, silent,... (full context)