Were it not for Freud, we would still be examining each of these strands separately, unable to see how they are all interwoven. There is some evidence that he did not know all that was available in German. Aware of the limitations of his source material he took pains to qualify his arguments: "We cannot be completely certain on this point This cannot, strictly speaking, be proved It would be very much to the point if it could be established that [his seizures] ceased completely during his exile to Siberia, but other accounts contradict this," etc. He was 71 years old when he wrote the essay.
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Any difficulties should be reported to your group administrator. Not already a subscriber? Order a subscription today. International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, Dostoevsky and Parricide Sigmund Freud Four facets may be distinguished in the rich personality of Dostoevsky: the creative artist, the neurotic, the moralist and the sinner. The Brothers Karamazov is the most magnificent novel ever written; the episode of the Grand Inquisitor, one of the peaks in the literature of the world, can hardly be overestimated.
Before the problem of the creative artist analysis must, alas, lay down its arms. The moralist in Dostoevsky is the most readily assailable. If we seek to rank him high as a moralist on the plea that only a man who has gone through the depths of sin can reach the highest summit of morality, we are neglecting a doubt that arises.
A moral man is one who reacts to temptation as soon as he feels it in his heart, without yielding to it. A man who alternately sins and then in his remorse erects high moral standards lays himself open to the reproach that he has made things too easy for himself. He has not achieved the essence of morality, renunciation, for the moral conduct of life is a practical human interest.
He reminds one of the barbarians of the great migrations, who murdered and did penance for it, till penance became an actual technique for enabling murder to be done.
Ivan the Terrible behaved in exactly this way; indeed, this compromise with morality is a characteristic Russian trait. The full text of the document is available to subscribers.
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Both of them, the ego and the super-ego, carry on the role of the father. This raises an obvious question: Before long, however, his theory begins to parrixide hold of him completely and consumes more and more of his time. If Dostoevsky had read as widely in the literature of epilepsy as has been claimed for him, he would surely have realized that the feeling of guilt is rare and perhaps unique. There is some evidence that he did not know all that was available in German. This is a list of writings published by Sigmund Freud.
Dostoevsky and Parricide
This blog consists of my notes on various literary and critical texts I teach at the undergraduate and postgraduate classes. Critiques and comments are welcome Freud is fascinated by complex and rich personality of Dostoevsky. The Oedipus complex is an essential concept in Freudian psychoanalysis. He is jealous and directs his aggression towards his father. This gives rise to deep guilt in the mind of the child.