The Underground Man Is Representative Of A Modern Man Who Rejects The Values Of Russian Society

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The Underground Man is representative of a modern man who rejects the values of Russian society at the time for being so artificial. In the beginning of Chapter I of Part II, the Narrator speaks extensively of his relationship with literature. He’s very well-read, and prides himself in that fact. However, much of the French and German texts that he read in his youth were influenced heavily by Romanticism. He makes it clear that Russian ideals have no room for such Romantic notions, because he know from experience. When he tried to apply French and German Romanticism to his life in Russia, it didn’t work. The failure of the ideals he found in European literature in his life serve as another reason why he went “underground”. This helps illustrate how destructive the foreign European values were to Russian society, at least in Dostoyevsky’s eyes. He uses the narrator as an example of the type of person that had lost sight of the values of Russia that the lower-class still practiced (like Liza).
He also describes Russian Romanticism, which is more practical in the sense that it has room for self- preservation while also being able to appreciate the “beautiful and the lofty”. While he firmly clings to his ideal, we will not let it get in the way of his career. ((mention st. Petersburg and how fake it is))
The Underground Man craves social interaction and continuously tries to instigate interaction with other people in an attempt to break the pattern of his monotonous life. At…

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