Essay On Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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Russian literature has been noted across the world for its array of discussed topics by some of the most famous authors in history. The works of Fyodor Dostoyevsky were no exception, as his books varied in topics that were easily connectible by many in Russia and across the world. Like many others in his home country, Dostoyevsky spent time in prison for being a part of secret organizations that were opposed to the rule of the Russian government. This time of imprisonment shaped him and laid a foundation for his work and how relatable it was across all generations. Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s life and works reflected the attitudes of many people in Russia, and he was a revered figure for it. Fyodor Dostoyevsky was born on November 11, 1821 in Moscow, Russia (Morson). He was his parents’ second child, and he had seven siblings (“Fyodor Dostoevski”). His father was a doctor who would often become extremely inebriated, causing him to turn violent and scare his family. His mother came from a family of merchants, so she…show more content…
After this, he wrote a novella entitled Poor Folk, which was praised highly by many famous Russian writers. During the beginning of his career as a writer, he joined secret groups that were opposed to the rule of the Russian government and discussed revolution. This activity eventually led to his arrest, and he spent eight months in prison until he was sentenced to death by firing squad (Morson). However, at the last minute, he was saved by an order from the czar, sentencing him to four years in a Siberian prison (“Fyodor Dostoevski” (Kellman and Northen)). During his Siberian prison stay, Dostoyevsky was forbidden to read or write anything that was not religiously based. These experiences would be chronicled in one of his later works, The House of the Dead. After he was released from prison, he married the widow Maria Isayeva in 1857 and continued to write (“Fyodor Dostoevski”
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