Fyodor Dostoyevsky's "The House Of The Dead"

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Fyodor Mikhaylovich Dostoyevsky was born in Moscow on Nov. 11, 1825. Ashis father was a former military surgeon, Dostoyevsky grew up in the noble class. Heentered the military engineering school at St. Petersburg at age 16. Shortly aftergraduating, he resigned his commission and devoted all his time to writing. However,he soon became caught up in the movement for political and social reform during thereign of Tsar Nicholas I. He began to participate in weekly discussions about the ideasof French utopian Socialists. This Petrashevsky Circle was arrested in April 1849.After a long investigation, Dostoyevsky, along with 20 other members of the Circle,were condemned to be shot. Literally moments before his execution was to occur, hissentence was commuted to four years hard labor in Omsk, Siberia. He accepted hispunishment and began to regard many of the simple convicts as extraordinary people.During his sentence, he became devoted to Orthodox Christianity.The House of the Dead was initially published in Russia, 1860. Upon initialexamination of the work, it appears to be a stream of consciousness account ofDostoyevsky's four years in a Siberian prison camp. But, upon further review, it seemsto be more an account of Dostoyevsky's personality and attitudes through these years.In his first year in prison, Dostoyevsky "found myself hating these fellow-sufferers ofmine." (305) His first day in prison, several convicts approached him, a member of thenoble class and no doubt very wealthy in the convicts' eyes, and asked him for moneyfour times each; and each refusal seemed to bring more convicts. He quickly grew tospite these people, for they thought him to be an idiot, unable to remember that thevery same convict had approached him for money not fifteen minutes earlier. (67-8)But, Dostoyevsky makes a startling realization at the end of this first year, a discoverywhich allows him to drastically alter his personality: "...the convicts lived here not as ifthis were their home, but as some wayside inn, en route somewhere." (303) thisconcept is followed by Dostoyevsky's realization that he wanted, unlike many otherconvicts in the camp, to live as he did before his imprisonment. He believed that"Physical, no less moral strength is required for penal servitude if one is to survive allthe materiel...

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