The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky Summary

Ivan refuses to accept the world that was created by God. He attributes his refusal to acceptance because of the suffering that human beings experience. For example, torturing small children. He cites the heinous acts, like child abuse that is carried out by Alyosha. Another example is when a Turk murders a Bulgarian kid in front of its mother and a Swiss man who had led a miserable childhood grew up to be a killer. The Swiss man, Richard waits hanging because he would meet God. He is told that after death a person meets God. Another case is when parents lash their daughters without mercy and public protest that the parents were taken to court. Some parents also allow their daughters to sleep out of the house by minding their concerns (Dostoyevsky pp.243).

After all these horrendous happenings, Ivan cannot condone a world where all the children suffering are occurring at such rates. Alyosha argues that the world revolves around the distress of the innocents who didn’t have the privileges to forgive all wrongdoings. Ivan does not agree with Alyosha stands. The two brothers discuss and argue heatedly about the immortality of the soul and Gods existence. Ivan says that he has not rejected God but in his heart, he is unable to accept God or the earth that was created by the same God. The aim issue of Ivan resistance is based on the evil happenings that happen in the world. Ivan cannot understand how bad things happen in Gods world. Ivan is unable to love men and women that he comes across. Alyosha reminds Ivan of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Ivan laments that he has not forgotten Christ. Ivan recites a prose poem. The poem called The Grand Inquisitor that he had written before (Dostoyevsky pp.251).

Before Ivan dwells into the poem he has composed, he takes the initiative of lecturing Alyosha on the concept of literary history. According to Ivan, the events highlighted in his poem takes in the period of the 16th century. The main theme of his literary work consisted of the Christ, the Virgin Mary, and Angels and in extreme cases the God. Ivans poem demonstrates how these supernatural beings ascended to earth and conversed with ordinary beings. Essentially, the poem of Ivan is composed in the 16th Century in Seville. The events took place during the period of Spanish Inquisition (Dostoyevsky pp.256).

Ivan’s poem explores the bloody massacre during the events of the Spanish Inquisition. This was after a bloody massacre where many heretics went down into flames. In the poem, Christ makes the decision to appear. Instead of coming with expected pomp and color, he comes inconspicuously and quietly. Apparently, he does not utter anything. In a sharp contrast; he performs miracles ranging from healing the blind to raising the dead. These extraordinary acts tend to give him away (Dostoyevsky pp.249).

At a period the Christ was wowing everybody with miracles, the Grand Inquisitor comes into play. He is the one tasked with the responsibility of heretic burning. He issues an order where Christ was to be arrested. The orderlies comply with this order as the Grand Inquisitor was feared. During the night, he visits Christ in the cells during the night. In an attitude of a self-styled Catholic, he dismisses anything that Christ has to say. At this point, Alyosha tends to be extremely puzzled. He tends to wander the poem in its entirety should be treated as some joke (Dostoyevsky pp.262).

 

Works Cited
Dostoyevsky, Fyodor, and Charles B. Guignon. The Grand Inquisitor with Related Chapters from the Brothers Karamazov. Indianapolis: Hackett Pub., 1993. 236-265. Print.

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