The Underground Man By Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s novel, Notes from the Underground Man, uses the idea of a modern dystopia by depicting a story that revolves around a distressed older man. Throughout the novel, the main character has a narcissistic belief that he is better than everyone else because of his acute sense of consciousness. His awareness however, also causes him to believe not only are people ignorant to the world around him but that they are also against him. In contrast, critics believe that the main character, the underground man, actually suffers from psychological disorders that causes him to reason this way. Psychological disorders are defined as a wide range of conditions that can affect mood, behavior and thinking, and based on his conduct in the novel, the underground man presents himself as an individual who is subjected to obsessive compulsive behavior, social repression and paranoia. Obsessive compulsive behavior is often characterized as a common, chronic and long-lasting disorder in which a person has uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts (obsessions) and behaviors (compulsions). The underground man illustrates this disorder when he describes his encounter with a police officer one night at a tavern. He witness two men fight with billiard cues and felt the urge to be a part of their brawl. He stands in the tavern and waits for someone to initiate a confrontation with him, meanwhile he blocks a main pathway in the tavern. An officer attempts in passing the underground
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