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The main characters of Dostoevskys novel The Brothers Karamazov are as the title suggests the members of the Karamazov family if it can indeed be called such The only things that the members of this family share are a name and the Karamazov curse a legacy of base impulses and voluptuous lust References to this tendency towards immorality are sprinkled heavily throughout the novel phrases such as a brazen brow and a Karamazov conscience voluptuary streak and Karamazovian baseness abound Fyodor Pavlovich Karamazov the father of the brothers Karamazov is the embodiment and the source of this immorality In him Dostoevsky creates such perversity and depravity that one can feel no positive emotions for the man His physical appearance--he is flabby with small suspicious eyes and a long cavernous mouth with puffy lips behind which could be glimpsed small fragments of black teeth--accurately reflects his foul disgusting character He has no respect for himself he enjoys playing the part of the shameless buffoon for attention even though the attention he receives is negative Because he has no respect for himself he can have no respect for others either He has no respect for women for example he is a despicable voluptuary and he satisfies his lust at any cost He drives his wife to madness by bringing women of ill-repute into their house right in front of her Even more shockingly he rapes a mentally retarded woman who later dies giving birth to his illegitimate son Smerdyakov who grows up as his fathers servant Fyodor is even more blatantly disrespectful to his three legitimate children After his wifes death he abandons them for they would have been a hindrance to his debaucheries He is never a true father to any of them When his oldest son Dmitry becomes an adult Fyodor is even so cruel as to deny Dmitry his inheritance and instead use the money to seduce
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