The Brothers Karamazov

The Brothers Karamazov


Fyodor Dostoevsky

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The Left Side

Several times throughout The Brothers Karamazov, Dostoevsky mentions left-handedness or the left side: schoolboys pick on Ilyusha for his left-handedness, Lyagavy strokes his beard with his left hand before preparing to cheat someone in…

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The Onion

The onion is a symbol of redemption that helps both Grushenka and Alexei Fyodorovich to recognize the complexity of human character, which is neither strictly good nor entirely evil. Grushenka tells Alexei the parable of…

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The Envelope and the Three Thousand Roubles

The envelope initially occurs to the reader as a symbol of greed, but it crystallizes into a symbol of pursuit of truth. The three thousand roubles that it contained is the supposed motive for Fyodor

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