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    Within Dostoyevsky’s The Grand Inquisitor and Herman Melville’s Bartleby the Scrivener are expressive figures facing problems of an existential nature. Consumed by an inability to find purpose in life, their actions and reactions become characterized by absurd and illogical streaks. The characters begin to align with the ideas surrounding existentialism, most notably with the “sense of disorientation and confusion in the face of an apparently meaningless or absurd world." As they attempt to understand their place in the world, these characters determination is as thrilling as it is tragic. With the underlying flight or fight approach to survival revealed, these characters give us a rare, yet familiar insight into the impact of disenchantment…

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    The Grand Inquisitor by Fydor Dostoevsky is a parable in his novel, The Brothers Karamazov. The story takes place in Seville, Spain, during the time of the Inquisition, when heretics were routinely burned at the stake. The first time I read The Grand Inquisitor I found it disturbing. There had been, according to Dostoevsky, during the sixteenth century, chatter among the masses about the fact that Christ had not returned, and many questioned if His miracles were real. According to the parable,…

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    through Hell" portion, of "The Grand Inquisitor,’ some desperate perceptions about the theme of forgiveness are presented. The views include the fact that the forgiveness is vital in order to save the human race from pain and suffering. Indeed, an illustration of this frantic call is demonstrated in Our Lady’s plea for God to have mercy on the burning sinner in as an act of revenge for His son’s torturing. To show more desperation about the issue of forgiveness, God asks: 'How can I forgive…

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    During humanity class, we discussed about the story, “The Grand Inquisitor”. This book was about what God has done for us and Ivan explained God and Christianity in a good way. In the story, Inquisitors stated that people want at least three things from religions which are miracles, mystery, and authority. For me, I do not really know about what churches want, but I believe that American churches should satisfy three desires: miracles, mystery, and authority. These days, some American churches…

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    Dostoevsky in The Grand Inquisitor, freedom within society, especially within Christianity, must be valued and maintained so there is no confusion of authority. Freedom for Dostoevsky is both a self-evident truth and a God given gift that can only be trusted in His hands and those who truly believe in Him. Dostoevsky uses the Catholic Church as his example for a belief in no freedom for the individuals, demonstrating the struggle for many to express their ideals and opinions during the 19th…

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    He is a character who strives to gain knowledge, but the way that he is able to portray that knowledge is only through fantasy scenarios and through fictition. Ivan shares his poem, "The Grand Inquisitor," with Alyosha and brings about several important atheistic principles. “The Grand Inquisitor rejects free submission to God, choosing instead his own grief, resentment, and a sense of bitter righteousness. Ivan’s story is compelling and it leaves a lasting impression. It is what classic novels…

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    In “The Grand Inquisitor” from The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoevski, the Grand Inquisitor blames Christ for not succumbing to the Devil’s three temptations because it left man with freedom, which the Grand Inquisitor sees as a burden. The Inquisitor feels that the church has to clean up Christ’s mess by replacing freedom with security. I, however, argue that the Grand Inquisitor’s charges are unjust because he reasons from a corrupted perspective. He makes major claims simply from his own…

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    In Dostovek’s book, the brothers kamzrzov, the issue of establishing a utopian society is shown through the contrasting ideologies between Christ and the Grand Inquisitor is about what an ideal society should be. Both Christ and the Grand Inquisitor are attempting to define what man’s role should be in that respected society. The Grand Inquisitor argues that man should be much more anti-theocratic, while Christ’s actions indicates that he is arguing from a selfless manner than. The contrasting…

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    novel he creates two different characters, the Grand Inquisitor and the Devil. These two fictional characters are used to portray the internal conflict that Ivan is struggling through. They give us insight into Ivan’s mind, although in a strange way. Both the Grand Inquisitor and the Devil are personifications of Ivan’s thoughts. Through these two characters we can see how much he is struggling with himself, especially during his encounter with the Devil as he doesn't seem able to realize that…

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    Playing a sport can be one of the most entertaining pastimes for people. Sports can also get you scholarships in college if you play your cards right. Tennis can be a fun past time for anyone who wants to try a new sport. Tennis is the best sport that I have ever played. Tennis has so many reasons for being such an exhilarating, fun and social sport. These reasons are exercising, creating friends, playing on a marvelous and warm day, being competitive while having fun, and being able to play…

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