Dostoevsky 's Work From A Multidisciplinary Angle Essay

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A NOTE ON METHODOLOGY
The title of this course is “Dostoevsky Presently: Poetics, Philosophy, Politics, and Psychology.” So I find it absolutely imperative to approach Dostoevsky’s work from a multidisciplinary angle. In this essay, I will analyze the characters’ actions and motivations based off the literal words Dostoevsky has written, and the subtext as understood from both a theological and psychological perspective. These will prove to be most appropriate choices of disciplines to view the subject within the lens of, as there is an abundance of Bible passages on wealth, as well as a body of psychological research on the effects of affluence on the general population. Now I shall begin the analysis.

MONEY LEADS TO POWER
Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is difficult for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” [Matthew 19:23-24]

A devout Christian, Dostoevsky filled his novel, The Idiot, with criticism of everything from nihilism to Catholicism, usury to landownership, the superficiality of social decorum to the unexpected vitriol of fellow men against one another. Throughout the novel, the wealthy, in particular, are unpleasantly depicted: Lebedev the money-grubbing rat, Count Totsky the sexually abusive socialite, Rogozhin the unstable…

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