The Departure : Liza 's Silent Act Of Virtue Essay

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The Departure: Liza’s Silent Act of Virtue
In one of the passages from Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s “Notes from Underground”, he demonstrates how both Liza and the Underground Man both represent two different forms of virtue. The following passage takes place in the aftermath of Liza’s departure at the end of the story after she uncovered the truth behind the Underground Man’s heart:
A minute or so passed, then I suddenly started: right before me on the chair I saw … in a word, I saw the crumbled blue five-ruble note, the very one I’d thrust into her hand a few moments before. It was the same one; it couldn’t be any other; I had none other in my apartment. So she’d manage to toss it down on the table when I’d bolted to the other corner. So what? I might have expected her to do that. Might have expected it? No. I was such an egotist, in fact, I so lacked the respect for other people, that I couldn’t even conceive that she’d ever do that. (706-707)
In addition, the content of this passage illustrates the various forms of virtue that are necessary to explain the larger meaning of the story in terms of analyzing the battle between reality and the “underground”. For the Underground Man, he is afraid of the living in the real world and therefore manufacturers his own “underground” where he is able to control his environment. Liza, on the other hand, approaches life with both an innocent and compassionate manner in order to understand the perspectives of others. Her pride, however,…

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