|Listening Length||4 hours and 43 minutes|
Why is Notes from Underground so hard to read?
One reason that the work is so difficult is that Dostoevsky included so many ideas in such a short space, and thus the ideas are expressed with extreme intensity and are not elaborated upon. The student who has read other of Dostoevsky’s works will immediately recognize many of Dostoevsky’s ideas in this work.
Who is the narrator in Notes from Underground?
The anonymous narrator of Notes from Underground is a bitter, misanthropic man living alone in St. Petersburg, Russia, in the 1860s. He is a veteran of the Russian civil service who has recently been able to retire because he has inherited some money.
What is the argument of Notes from Underground?
He argues that humans value the ability to exert their own will—even if it runs contrary to their best interests—more than they value reason. The Underground Man’s masochistic tendencies illustrate this theory.