Notes from the Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881) was a Russian novelist, journalist, and short story writer that discussed the psychological state of the human soul in many of his works, one in particular is Notes from the Underground; which was published in 1864. Notes from the Underground, had a great influence in the 20th century; the novel takes a man’s inability to communicate with society and uses it to teach readers about the importance of other humans in our daily lives and how that affects the way we think, live, and learn. Although the narrator has alienated himself from society, Dostoyevsky uses his knowledge of diction, style, grammar, and many other literary devices to show the reader that the narrator is lacking the knowledge to communicate…show more content…
But never, never have I ceased to love that one, and even on the night I parted from him I loved him perhaps more poignantly than ever. (Fyodor Dostoyevsky Page 87).” This quote from the novel has multiple uses of diction, Dostoyevsky uses vocabulary such as “poignantly” and “extinguished” to describe his feelings in an intelligent manner and then the grammar of Dostoyevsky is a great way to learn how to write because his words flow together like a river thus giving the character attitude and passion for what he writes. The overall theme of Notes from the Underground is alienation; however the novels theme is more complex than that. The novel gives readers an ethic to take into account when they are feeling alienated. It takes all sides of alienation and establishes the cons of it, an example of this is the way ‘Underground Man’ deliberately arranges to be in a place where he is going to meet the officer just to refuse to move aside, allowing himself
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