The Brothers Karamazov

The Brothers Karamazov


Fyodor Dostoevsky

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Mikhail “Makarich” Makarovich Makarov Character Analysis

The district police commissioner who arrests Dmitri Fyodorovich for killing his father, Fyodor Pavlovich. He is a retired lieutenant colonel who has been re-designated as a state councilor. He is a widower who lives with his “already long-widowed daughter” and her own two daughters. Makarov is uneducated and not a bright man, but he is competent at his job. He describes himself as having “the soul of a military man, not a civilian.” When he arrives to arrest Dmitri Fyodorovich, he is described as a “tall, plump old man in a coat and service cap with a cockade.”
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Mikhail “Makarich” Makarovich Makarov Character Timeline in The Brothers Karamazov

The timeline below shows where the character Mikhail “Makarich” Makarovich Makarov appears in The Brothers Karamazov. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 3: Book 8, Chapter 8: Delirium
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...calls out to Dmitri, who steps from behind the curtain. It’s the district police commissioner, Mikhail Makarich . He’s there with the deputy prosecutor and the deputy commissioner, Mavriky Mavrikich. Dmitri realizes... (full context)
Part 3: Book 9, Chapter 2: The Alarm
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The district police commissioner, Mikhail Makarovich Makarov, is “a retired lieutenant colonel, a redesignated state councilor…a widower and a good man.”... (full context)
Part 3: Book 9, Chapter 3: The Soul’s Journey through Torments. The First Torment.
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Dmitri declares himself “not guilty.” Grushenka then emerges, collapses at Mikhail Makarovich ’s feet, and declares herself guilty. He agrees that she is, indeed, “the chief criminal.”... (full context)