Notes from Underground Essays
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1. How does the Underground Man’s language ‘sound’? The Underground Man “sounds” like he is holding an intellectual discourse with a group of gentlemen, attempting to present his ideas both in a witty and dignified if not contradictory manner, often writing as if responding to actual reactions and replies (“Well, rest assured, gentlemen, I’ve never received such a slap, although it’s really all the same to me what you think about it…But that’s enough, not another word about this subject...
The Underground Man and Meursault share the goal of ensuring that they lead authentic lives, lives free from the expectations and confines of society and themselves. However, each undergo a different process to reach this objective. The Underground Man believed he would achieve his authentic self by rebelling against the deterministic laws of nature. That is, he believed that meaningful existence would be created by intentionally going against the general assumption that humans do what is most advantageous to them....
Dostoevsky’s Notes from Underground depicts a man who is deeply rooted in a lifestyle of pessimism and bitterness. He is highly governed by his own taxing philosophies. The Underground Man lives by the precedent of his own conceptions on how life should be lived. His understanding of the way people should interact socially and how individuals should be engaged emotionally has been thought through intensively. He is highly contradictory in his rationalization of his own practices, but appears to rather...
The underground man lives an isolated life colored by his own imagination (“Of course, it was I who just invented all these words for you. That too comes from the underground. For forty years in a row, I’ve been listening to all your words through a crack. I’ve invented them myself since that’s all that’s occurred to me” (Dostoevsky, p.28)). Unable to resolve his personal, literary, and social ideals with that of reality, he lives an unhappy existence unable to...