Fyodor Dostoevsky's The Idiot And The Gambler

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New ideas flourished within the Golden Age of Russian literature, all of which expanded upon different ways of confronting government, economics, and religion as well as posing various moral, philosophical, and social questions. Fyodor Dostoevsky took part of these literary movements that dated from the early to mid 19th century, which were the result of the hardships he endured from early childhood to most of his adulthood; the troubled life Dostoevsky faced built a foundation of accumulating ideas and resentment that would later cultivate his enlightening social life and literary platform. Dostoevsky experienced peasantry, domestic problems, and social injustice first hand, thus he was able to incorporate themes relating to such in each of…show more content…
The latter novel is commonly reviewed by scholars as a relatively biographical review. Fyodor toiled with gambling throughout his life, the most sufferable period occuring after his mother’s death. The story is centered around Aleksey and his negatively correlating involvement in gambling alongside his Christianity and faith, of which parallels Dostoevsky’s own troubles and conflicts in remaining faithful and resisting gambling (Dostoevsky: The Miraculous Years ). Additionally, Suslova, one of Dostoevsky’s lovers, provided inspiration for many characters in his books. Her depictions are thought to be found in Polina in The Gambler, Donia in Crime and Punishment, and Nastassya in The Idiot (Drey). The Idiot was also written particularly close to his life and could be considered one of his most personable works. One of the story’s major characters suffers from epilepsy and addressed the looming possibility of an early death such as Fyodor had (Frank, “The Miraculous Years” 316-317). The confrontation of his disorder shaped his thoughts on the meaning of life, coercing the nihilistic themes that reside within the
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