The Underground Man Analysis

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DISPUTATIO METHOD FORMAT Name: Zhibek Kamalbek kyzy ID: 6411 Question: Can the Underground Man stop being the ‘Underground Man’? Your Answer (just yes or no): No Opposing Argument 1: The Underground man is able to stop being the ‘Underground man’, because he is an intelligent and ‘conscious’. He relies on that fact the consciousness helps to analyze humanity’s life. If the man were conscious, he would be able to see things behind the wall. Moreover, being aware of unexpected events is helpful in the society. Underground Man can stop being the Underground Man, simply because he has an important knowledge and these listed above qualities.…show more content…
On the one hand, he desires to accomplish his weird plans, and he feels confident about himself. On the other hand, his moral courage is not strong enough to succumb his mental fear. This makes him uncomfortable, even nervous a lot. For example, when he wants to revenge on the officer, he starts planning his retreat. The officer had treated him as he was ‘nothing’, so the narrator wanted to express his bitterness in his revenge. He prearranges every single detail of his revenge. However, at the very last moment he decides to give up. Not simply because he wants to excuse, it is for the reason that he is not capable of fighting with that officer. “I should have had a physical courage enough, I assure you; but I had not the moral courage.” (The Notes from the Underground, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Part II, Book I, page 31). Overall, this man’s nature is contradicted by his own double…show more content…
He is self-critical, and self-sadistic, and he likes to critique on others as well. “A decent man is bound to be a coward and a slave. It is the law of nature for all decent people all around the earth”. (The Notes from the Underground, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Part II, Book 1, page 32). It is well known that the society accepts people whom it can bind by its laws and rules. In contrary, the narrator is not an obedient citizen. He will not be able to start obeying others. This man is coward, but not a slave. Therefore the society cannot accept him, since he does not stop being
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