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The House of the Dead❴Reading❵ ➶ The House of the Dead Author Fyodor Dostoyevsky – Essayreview.co.uk Accused of political subversion as a young man, Fyodor Dostoyevsky was sentenced to four years of hard labor at a Siberian prison camp a horrifying experience from which he developed this astounding s Accused of political subversion as a of the eBook ✓ young man, Fyodor Dostoyevsky was sentenced to four years of hard labor at a Siberian prison camp a horrifying experience from which he developed this astounding semi autobiographical memoir of a man condemned to ten years of servitude for murdering his wifeAs with a The House PDF \ number of the author s other works, this profoundly influential novel brilliantly explores his characters thoughts while probing the depths of the human soul Describing in relentless detail the physical and mental suffering of the convicts, Dostoyevsky s character never loses faith in human qualities and the goodness of manA haunting House of the PDF/EPUB ê and remarkable work filled with wonder and resignation, The House of the Dead ranks among the Russian novelist s greatest masterpieces Of this powerful autobiographical novel, Tolstoy wrote, I know no better book in all modern literature.


About the Author: Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky was born in of the eBook ✓ Moscow in His debut, the epistolary novella Poor Folk , made his name In he was arrested for involvement with the politically subversive Petrashevsky circle and until he lived in a convict prison in Omsk, Siberia From this experience came The House PDF \ The House of the Dead In he began the journal Vremya Time Already married, he fell in love with one of his contributors, Appollinaria Suslova, eighteen years his junior, and developed a ruinous passion for roulette After the death of his first wife, Maria, in , Dostoyevsky completed House of the PDF/EPUB ê Notes from Underground and began work towards Crime and Punishment The major novels of his late period are The Idiot , Demons and The Brothers Karamazov He died in Russian see Fiodor Dosto evski Fi dor M Dostoievski.


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    Zapiski iz Myortvovo doma Souvenirs de Ia maison des morts The House of the Dead Memoirs from the House of The Dead, Fyodor DostoyevskyThe House of the Dead is a semi autobiographical novel published in 1860 2 in the journal Vremya by Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky, which portrays the life of convicts in a Siberian prison camp The novel has also been published under the titles Memoirs from the House of The Dead, Notes from the Dead House or Notes from a Dead H Zapiski iz Myortvovo doma Souvenirs de Ia maison des morts The House of the Dead Memoirs from the House of The Dead, Fyodor DostoyevskyThe House of the Dead is a semi autobiographical novel published in 1860 2 in the journal Vremya by Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky, which portrays the life of convicts in a Siberian prison camp The novel has also been published under the titles Memoirs from the House of The Dead, Notes from the Dead House or Notes from a Dead House , and Notes from the House of the Dead The book is a loosely knit collection of facts, events and philosophical discussion organised by theme rather than as a continuous story Dostoevsky himself spent four years in exile in such a camp following his conviction for involvement in the Petrashevsky Circle This experience allowed him to describe with great authenticity the conditions of prison life and the characters of the convicts.The narrator, Aleksandr Petrovich Goryanchikov, has been sentenced to penalty deportation to Siberia and ten years of hard labour for murdering his wife Life in prison is particularly hard for Aleksandr Petrovich, since he is a gentleman and suffers the malice of the other prisoners, nearly all of whom belong to the peasantry Gradually Goryanchikov overcomes his revulsion at his situation and his fellow convicts, undergoing a spiritual re awakening that culminates with his release from the camp It is a work of great humanity Dostoevsky portrays the inmates of the prison with sympathy for their plight, and also expresses admiration for their energy, ingenuity and talent He concludes that the existence of the prison, with its absurd practices and savage corporal punishments is a tragic fact, both for the prisoners and for Russia 1969 1335 432 1341 1366 431 1391 402 978964663821 1394 629 9786001215995 19 1392 424 9789644530388 1341 328 1370 320 1389 390 9789643515294

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    I have been frequenting an open air restaurant for 7 years now Hiding on the roof of a rickety building, in one of the small tributaries of the Jaipur s busiest road, it is aptly named Cocoon The place is shady, unknown, and visited only by international tourists living in its cheap guest house.Nothing unusual seemed to happen at that place and nothing unusual did happen the last time I visited it I drank two cups of hot lemon tea, I followed short arcs sketched by listless eagles in the even I have been frequenting an open air restaurant for 7 years now Hiding on the roof of a rickety building, in one of the small tributaries of the Jaipur s busiest road, it is aptly named Cocoon The place is shady, unknown, and visited only by international tourists living in its cheap guest house.Nothing unusual seemed to happen at that place and nothing unusual did happen the last time I visited it I drank two cups of hot lemon tea, I followed short arcs sketched by listless eagles in the evening sky, I breathed in volumes of busy city smoke but while leaving for home, as I turned on the ignition key of my bike, I caught hold of a loud, clear, distinct feeling It was so distinct that I did not know at first what it was trying to convey that is to say, my natural thinking process had reverted to a background noise and I could only listen with attention to the wordless outwardly buzz around my ears and inside my chest, which seemed to be growing keener and keener I stood motionless for a second or two, and then, a picture of a shop flashed inside the head I turned my head to find the same shop in the ground floor of that building 7 years and I had never once noticed that shop From across the street, it appeared to be a wholesaler s office, with its glass partition displaying drawing and craft notebooks, paper thin local guides to health and fitness, bedroom life, and tourism in Rajasthan Curious, however, I trudged towards the store, my attention fixed mostly on that outwardly buzz which I wasn t hearing if it can be called hearing for the first time The store was large and largely empty Two men were gossiping in the middle of the room across an unbalanced wooden table, which, helped by either one s dangling feet, made a rhythmic thud thud It stopped abruptly the thud thud, and the the gossiping too, and they looked up surprised to find a visitor I caught their amazed disoriented gaze, but, to avoid any verbal distractions, I looked towards a shelf on my immediate right I was at once stunned.Dostoyevsky, Turgenev, Pasternak, Gibran hard copy editions of rarest of their works, thick with time and grime, casually stacked together in a single shelf With my mouth half open, I plugged out 10 titles, not once leafing through them, not once checking the blurb, and plopped the bulk on the owner s creaking desk.He too was excited but he concealed it, and overcharged me I did not cross check the MRP nor did I request for a discount he may have charged me evenand I would have happily emptied my wallet Such was my state I felt unworldly What did it matter which books I was buying, at what price and who from Trifles Mere trifles What mattered was that I see through the task, witness what I was being shown, stay connected The buzzing humming feeling had now enlarged and transmuted into a quietude donning my whole being not the other way round I returned home after a short ride, but I was now proud for some reason and happy the quietude only a memory, an object for analysis For rationalizations I dusted the books, and arranged them neatly on my desk, as if they were sacred idols I was going to worship every day For 6 months I did not go to them laziness, thoughtlessness, fear The books would change me somehow, I knew, and I wasn t too prepared to let go of whatever they may ask me to let go of No, not unless the sentries of my rational mind were welcoming and unsuspicious And here now I am, reading, having read Something indeed did happen Something unidentifiable But what exactly did the book do So that my intellect does not become restless, I will give it a word to chew over and flaunt Not the same word Leo Tolstoy used for this work edifying not the same word that settled on my mind for Dostoyevsky s influence on an aspiring writer uncorrupting but purging The book purged me, emptied me, humbled me cleaned me of the grime I had gathered over time.This book is sacred

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    During the first weeks, and naturally the early part of my imprisonment, made a deep impression on my imagination The following years on the other hand are all mixed up together, and leave but a confused recollection Certain epochs of this life are even effaced from my memory I have kept one general impression of it though, always the same painful, monotonous, stifling What I saw in experience during the first few days of imprisonment seems to me as if it had all taken place yesterday Suc During the first weeks, and naturally the early part of my imprisonment, made a deep impression on my imagination The following years on the other hand are all mixed up together, and leave but a confused recollection Certain epochs of this life are even effaced from my memory I have kept one general impression of it though, always the same painful, monotonous, stifling What I saw in experience during the first few days of imprisonment seems to me as if it had all taken place yesterday Such was the case These words arrive quite early on, and set the scene for Fyodor Dostoyevsky s extraordinary, heartened, semi fictional account of the internment he endured in a Siberian prison camp after being sentenced to four years of hard labour for his involvement in a revolutionary conspiracy Dostoyevsky completed this work six years after his release, and across its two main sections you can feel him organising his memories, vividly revising them, and struggling to get them down before they fade Under the circumstances, he did a remarkable job, after all, I am sure he would rather have written about something else, but his experiences are that important, he simply had to get it down on paper Few books give such a vivid picture of the sort of setting from which many great works of prison literature emerge, the power of certain writing done from prison has to do with the way it alternatively staves off and gives rein to restlessness, fervour, and desperation Dostoyevsky s narrator insists even the most docile prisoners sometimes need an anguished, convulsive recklessly hopeful display of personality Most of the book s action revolves around the convicts attempts to make room for some colour and change in their days, but this is obviously limited, card games, knife fights, thefts, drinking sprees, escape attempts, holiday celebrations, a play, anything to stop madness setting setting in But the most dramatic such attempt in the novel is the shape of the narrative itself Alexander Petrovich is a bit of a sloppy storyteller He keeps filling in background information belatedly, as many of the novel s chapters are really loose assemblages of anecdotes and essayistic fragments In a way, The House of the Dead is constantly at odds with its subject matter wherever the narrative calls for a dreary roll call of routine tasks and daily humiliations, the book darts off, digresses or swerves to the side Which makes me ask the question, why didn t Dostoyevsky just write an out and out autobiographical account of his experience This felt to me like a brother version of Solzhenitsyn s One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich , but with less of the bleak, fully clear, almost documentary style narrative To be fair, the book moves around genres really well, shifting fluidly between fiction, philosophical meditation, and memoir I was expecting somethinghard hitting, and emotionally draining from the reader s perspective, that would long live in the memory, but it fell short of this There are however, for Dostoyevsky fans plenty of lovely philosophical musings, where the narrator ponders the nature of freedom and the importance of hope, the inequality of punishments for the same crime, the gap between appearance and reality, the nature of free will, and other heavy themes.To me, it was like standing just outside the prison gates getting a glimpse, rather than truly feeling the blood, sweat, and tears from within Very well written it s Dostoyevsky after all , just not entirely what I had hoped for

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    What I have said of servitude, I again say of imprisonment, we are all prisoners What is our life but a prison We are all imprisoned in an island The world itself to some men is a prison, our narrow seas as so many ditches, and when they have compassed the globe of the earth, they would fain go see what is done in the moonRobert Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy S2.3.4Not top half Dostoevsky, but a must read still This book and Dostoevsky s four years in Siberia are an obvious rough drafWhat I have said of servitude, I again say of imprisonment, we are all prisoners What is our life but a prison We are all imprisoned in an island The world itself to some men is a prison, our narrow seas as so many ditches, and when they have compassed the globe of the earth, they would fain go see what is done in the moonRobert Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy S2.3.4Not top half Dostoevsky, but a must read still This book and Dostoevsky s four years in Siberia are an obvious rough draft to his later GREAT novels Crime Punishment, The Brothers Karamazov, etc Even without the early draft qualities of this novel, Notes from a Dead House is a critical novel This novel IS the godfather of all prison memoir novels Orange might be the new black, but the Big D was there first Actually, it is probably worth a few minutes exploring the similarities between OITNB and Notes from a Dead House Both explore how prison impacts those who are sent there, the way people survive, the things that drive people mad inside, the things that are core about being human within an environment meant to limit the very essence of humanness, how punishment is relative, etc, and ad nauseam I think the brilliance of prison writing is the way it can be used as a microcosm of life We are all trapped by something Nihil enim refert, rerum sis servus an hominum It matters little whether we are enslaved by men or things We are all controlled by something, tortured by someone, addicted to vice, sin, or our own fears Exploring the idea of prison and prisoners can open us up to not just the difficulties we all face, but the way s we can survive life s fetters, our body s constraints, the darkness of this mortal coil Dostoevsky give us hints Dreams, hope, faith, purpose and relationships all allowed him to survive his four years in Siberia Those same characteristics increase the odds that not only will we survive our incarceration on this Earth, but we might even grow fond of it and find beauty and love in the process

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    Prison Life in Siberia It is a phrase synonymous with misery and suffering Below zero temperatures Hard labor Isolation Physical punishment It is everything that reminds me of how fortunate I am to be reading Dostoyevsky s semi autobiographical work instead of actually living it It paints an image of prison life that is a hundred timesprimitive than many of the lazy country club prisons of today s western world Just how bad was it in 19th century Siberia My curiosity found this no Prison Life in Siberia It is a phrase synonymous with misery and suffering Below zero temperatures Hard labor Isolation Physical punishment It is everything that reminds me of how fortunate I am to be reading Dostoyevsky s semi autobiographical work instead of actually living it It paints an image of prison life that is a hundred timesprimitive than many of the lazy country club prisons of today s western world Just how bad was it in 19th century Siberia My curiosity found this novel irresistible I just had to find out what this lifestyle was in a bygone time in a country that has had a very troubled and complicated past I was ready to enter the House of the Dead.In 1849, Fyodor Dostoyevsky was accused of reading and distributing several banned works of literature and subsequently sentenced to prison by the Russian government to four years hard labor in Siberia followed by mandatory military service During this time the writer experienced unendurable hardship His experience of this period inspired him to write a work of fiction that brought this previously unknown world to light After his release from prison he penned a work that would become the first work that would describe in vivid detail the horrors of his four excruciatingly long years in the awful Siberian prison.Dostoyevsky portrays a very realistic and expressive account of his earliest impressions of entering prison life He introduces the fictional narrator of Alexander Petrovitch, who classifies himself as a gentleman of the noble class of Russians much like Dostoyevsky himself The author touches upon many different aspects of life in the prison He describes the work schedule, the food, the living conditions, the punishment, the sick hospital all with distinct detail A very large focus of Fyodor s narrative is his examination of the Russian character It is unclear if any of the other prisoners described are based on actual convicts that Dostoyevsky knew during his incarceration However, he provides a very interesting account of the attitudes and behaviors of several characters who have adapted to life of punishment and isolation Overall, Dostoyevsky has written one of his most personal and realistic works that is definitely worth reading It is among some of his shorter works and gets passed up for his four elephants, Crime and Punishment, Brothers Karamazov, The Idiot, and Demons However, this work should not be ignored It has excellent writing and is recommended for anyone interested in this unusual and primitive world

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    Translator s Introduction The House of the Dead NotesChronologyFurther Reading

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    Here there is a world s apart, unlike everything else, with laws of its own, its own dress, its own manners and customs, and here is the house of the living dead life as nowhere else and a people apart And the story of this living dead is what Dostoevsky brings to us readers Based loosely on his own prison experience, this semi autobiographical novel chronicles the ten year prison life of Alexander Petrovich in a Siberian prison The story begins with gentleman Alexander s arrival at the Here there is a world s apart, unlike everything else, with laws of its own, its own dress, its own manners and customs, and here is the house of the living dead life as nowhere else and a people apart And the story of this living dead is what Dostoevsky brings to us readers Based loosely on his own prison experience, this semi autobiographical novel chronicles the ten year prison life of Alexander Petrovich in a Siberian prison The story begins with gentleman Alexander s arrival at the prison which overflows with the peasant community From the beginning, he is an outsider in every possible way Imagine, leaving one s own country, surrendering one s liberty and coming into a prison to serve a ten year term of penal servitude just to face the cold and unfriendly multitude of peasants how alone one must feel The wide gap between the gentry and the peasants in the free world is also preserved in this confined world Alexander s mental suffering is acute, for the surrounding is too harsh for his gentlemanly breeding and his intelligence But he has no choice except to endure the suffering for ten long years amidst a handful of gentlemen and multitude of peasants He has to prepare him mentally to acquiesce this new life It is by no means easy Alexander details his first year in prison which is the hardest of all years The loathing of the surroundings, his agony at having to live daily in stifling condition, at his distress at the unfriendliness of the fellow convicts leave him ill It is a painful and melancholy account With time, he reconciles with his condemned life and earns a few friendly acquaintances.Alexander s observation of the convicted peasants helps him to acquire a good understanding of them The prejudice he entertained as a gentry against them slowly evaporates as he learns to appreciate their simplicity and good naturedness His study of their characters brings to the chronicle a true account of the thoughts and conduct of the peasant class The chronicle also details to some extent the nature of corporal punishment and the general conduct of the prison officers The corporal punishment was cruel and inhumane and it was a painful knowledge to know that at some point in our history such punishment was thought as just Being something of a reign of its own, certain commanding officers tended to be tyrants But generally, according to Alexander s account, the officers were considerate of the convicts The ten years Alexander spent in prison helps him reflect on the true meaning of life and important values of life His perception of life and liberty alters, and he leaves the life of the living dead a wise man eager to begin his new life Freedom, new life, resurrection from the deadWhat a glorious moment Reading this melancholy account of Alexander Petrovich made me realize that we too are globally undergoing a similar situation due to the pandemic We don t live in a house of dead of course, but our free movement is restricted Liberty is curtailed to some extent Perhaps, it is time for us to reflect on the important things of our lives as Alexander did and to bask in the glory the new resurrected life will bring when the freedom is fully restored to us

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    This intelligently written book was full of details taken from the actual Siberian prison experience of Dostoevsky himself It contained a fair amount of that deep psychological insight Dostoevsky is known for His position as an outsider nobleman was often painful, and he described in detail how that loneliness wears on one This is the case though one is never actually physically alone in prison, which, as he points out, is another reason that kind of life is so hellish.Also, his analyses of This intelligently written book was full of details taken from the actual Siberian prison experience of Dostoevsky himself It contained a fair amount of that deep psychological insight Dostoevsky is known for His position as an outsider nobleman was often painful, and he described in detail how that loneliness wears on one This is the case though one is never actually physically alone in prison, which, as he points out, is another reason that kind of life is so hellish.Also, his analyses of his fellow prisoners were generally superb In my opinion, one of the funniest descriptions in the book concerned a rather odd hospital patientHaving finished sneezing, he opened the handkerchief, attentively examined the abundant phlegm accumulated in it, and immediately smeared it on his brown hospital robe, so that all the phlegm remained on the robe, while the handkerchief was only left a little damp He did that for the whole weekBizarre, right Another prisoner I enjoyed hearing about was Petrov I loved how hebecame very devoted to the narrator , though he never stopped stealing from the narrator on every suitable occasion He did it without any embarrassment, almost unconsciously, as if out of duty, and it was impossible to be angry with himHe was said to steal almost inadvertently What a great description, and what a fascinating character Their pet eagle was also pretty neatSolitary and angry, he awaited death, trusting no one and making peace with no one I shall conclude with some of Dostoevsky sintriguing quotes regarding human natureMan is a creature who gets used to everything, and that, I think, is the best definition of him I may be mistaken, but it seems to me that you can know a man by his laughter, and if from the first encounter you like the laughter of some completely unknown person, you may boldly say that he is a good man Each man of us was so gloomy and vain that he had contempt for anyone who was kind and without vanity However, here I am now trying to sort our whole prison into categories but is that possible Reality is infinitely diverse compared to all, even the most clever, conclusions of abstract thought, and does not suffer sharp and big distinctions Reality tends towards fragmentationA truly insightful, thought provoking book

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    Our prison was at the far end of the citadel behind the ramparts Peering through the crevices in the palisade in the hope of glimpsing something, one sees nothing but a little corner of the sky, and a high earthwork covered with the long grass of the steppe Night and day sentries walk to and fro upon it Then one suddenly realizes that whole years will pass during which one will see, through those same crevices in the palisade, the same sentinels pacing the same earthwork, and the same little Our prison was at the far end of the citadel behind the ramparts Peering through the crevices in the palisade in the hope of glimpsing something, one sees nothing but a little corner of the sky, and a high earthwork covered with the long grass of the steppe Night and day sentries walk to and fro upon it Then one suddenly realizes that whole years will pass during which one will see, through those same crevices in the palisade, the same sentinels pacing the same earthwork, and the same little corner of the sky, not just above the prison, but far and far away The House of the Dead is the chronicles of a prison camp, coming straight from the horse s mouth, so to speak Prison camp is shown as a world within the world a hermetic community of strict hierarchy living by its own cruel criminal laws.And on the language side The House of the Dead is probably Fyodor Dostoyevsky s most lush book The criminals most cruelly whipped, and who were celebrated as first rate villains, enjoyedrespect and attention than a simple deserter, a mere recruit, like the one who had just been brought in But in neither case was any particular sympathy manifested, nor were any annoying remarks made The unhappy man was attended to in silence, above all if he was incapable of attending to himself The assistant surgeon knew that they were entrusting their patients to skilful and experienced hands The usual treatment consisted in frequent application to the poor fellow s back of a shirt or piece of linen steeped in cold water It was also necessary to extract from his wounds the splinters of the rods which had been broken on his back This last operation was particularly painful to the victims, and the extraordinary stoicism with which they supported their sufferings astonished me greatly I am sure that this gloomy experience of incarceration allowed Fyodor Dostoyevsky eventually to penetrate the human nature right to the bottom and to peruse the darkest nooks of human conciseness

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    The first question that intrigued me the instant I laid my eyes on the book was, Why the name House of the Dead Particularly, why the word Dead for convicts Is it a Because the life that convicts lived was supposedly the worst ever b Because their presence didn t actually matter in this world, and hence, they might better be dead c Or for the reason that they possessed character not fit to be possessed by common people people possiblyhuman I wondered, and hoped to find the The first question that intrigued me the instant I laid my eyes on the book was, Why the name House of the Dead Particularly, why the word Dead for convicts Is it a Because the life that convicts lived was supposedly the worst ever b Because their presence didn t actually matter in this world, and hence, they might better be dead c Or for the reason that they possessed character not fit to be possessed by common people people possiblyhuman I wondered, and hoped to find the answers soon Considering the fact that Dostoevsky had himself spent 4 years of his life as a convict in Siberia, and that that this book is an account of the life that he witnessed in prison, I was sure to find answers both satisfactory and justifying And so, I moved on.Dostoevsky, through a fictional character named Alexander Petrovitch, proceeded to tell us about the prison life in Siberia The answer, to my question regarding the name of book, came in as soon as in the second chapter Describing the prison, Dostoevsky said,On one side of the palisade is a great gate, solid, and always shut watched perpetually by the sentinels, and never opened, except when the convicts go out to work Beyond this, there are light and liberty, the life of free people Beyond the palisade, one thought of the marvellous world, fantastic as a fairy tale It was not the same on our side Here, there was no resemblance to anything Habits, customs, laws, were all precisely fixed It was the house of living death So, he meant restricted state of life as being Dead To support this he provided with an account of the tough life that convicts had to live through The filthy clothes, wooden planks as bed, the iron chains which convicts had to wear, the inferior food and further punishment of strokes if convicts did something wrong But did he just want us to understand this much Or were their some other sublime issues on his mind Of course, the life inside a convict prison is hard, very hard indeed, for the likes of us can only possibly imagine the horrors, which are at times lived by convicts and hence, we sometimes sympathize with them But we cannot, at any cost, feel acutely the anxiety, fear and restlessness that become enduring facts of their lives We cannot perhaps even bring about ourselves to visualize the state of depravity which they accept as the rule It is no doubt a separate issue that they deserve punishments for their crimes, but till they are living, they have every right to live in as dignified a manner as deem appropriate by the law of land I believe that along with making us understand such, Dostoevsky also managed to bring to light somegrim issues, raising some questions, which lay bare as the story moved In chapter 3, he said,Tyranny is a habit capable of being developed, and at last becomes a disease I declare that the best man in the world can become hardened and brutified to such a point, that nothing will distinguish him from a wild beast Blood and power intoxicate they aid the development of callousness and debauchery the mind then becomes capable of the most abnormal cruelty in the form of pleasure the man and the citizen disappear for ever in the tyrant and then a return to human dignity, repentance, moral resurrection, becomes almost impossibleDoesn t here the author tends to compare the tyrant to living dead Someone who is nohuman for he doesn t possess the feelings of compassion upon which the life endures And also in the linesI have spoken of the executioners The instincts of an executioner are in germ in nearly every one of our contemporaries but the animal instincts of the man have not developed themselves in a uniform manner When they stifle all other faculties, the man becomes a hideous monster What also made me wonder was the mention of animals at the prison They included some dogs, geese, a goat and an eagle It surprised me that some of them were revealed to be killed by some convicts at the prison for gains Why were the animal killings described in juxtaposition with the prison Did author tried to convey some meaning here The innocents orhumans, killed by the living dead But it isn t that the convicts weren t shown to have good times They were described in conditions when they drank too much or stole or fought for buying liquor One very important chapter of the book is where convicts perform theater during Christmas holidays This is the liveliest part of book, where the convicts are shown animated and happy for something good At the end of performance Dostoevsky wrote,The convicts now separated, happy, delighted, and full of praise for the actors and gratitude towards the non commissioned officers There was not the least quarrel, and they all went to bed with peaceful hearts, to sleep with a sleep by no means familiar to themThis does speak about hope and revival, in other words, resurrection from the dead I think he meant if convicts were given a fair chance to do better in the prison, than they were bound to do, they could rise from their state, because they were essentially at heart, human only In chapter 7, he tried to categorize the convicts on the basis of their hopes But added that it wasn t possible becauseReality is a thing of infinite diversity, and defies the most ingenious deductions and definitions of abstract thought, nay, abhors the clear and precise classifications we so delight in Reality tends to infinite subdivision of things, and truth is a matter of infinite shadings and differentiationsIn other words, he stated that we do not have any control over reality We are living in a world inhabited by both living and the dead Living are those whose hearts are compassionate and dead are those who are not stirred by feelings and emotions as experienced by the living But we may not actually be able to differentiate between two, because the dead might, at times want to rise, and the living might prove to be deader at some time And so, the outcome of the society may not turn out as we want it to be, i.e a House only for the Living

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