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The character of Smerdyakov in Dostoevskys Brothers Karamazov appears to me toepitomize Nietzsches idea of the slave revolt With a closer look at the book we see thatSmerdyakov appears to have been plotting throughout the entire story Upon a close analysis wesee that he had both a reason and a means for revenge against almost all of the other characters We also see that he comes out ahead Much like Nietzsches slave revolt where there is aninversion of power and the weakling comes out the winner In this paper I will attempt toshow how Smerdyakov accomplished this inversion of power I will take an in depth look intothe relationships that Smerdyakov had with the other characters and show how and why he fitsDostoevsky first presents Smerdyakov in the Brothers Karamazov in Book three of Partone The author divulges details of the conception of the fourth son of Fyodor Karamazov Lateon a September evening a drunk Fyodor by modern standards rapes a homeless woman Stinking Lizaveta the victim of Fyodors violence was a legend in the town Regardless of herunattractive and dirty appearance her poverty and homelessness the townspeople regarded herwith sympathy and compassion Fyodor on the other hand treated Lizaveta as an insubordinatewho was undeserving of even an ounce of respect He and his friends mock her He then rapesher As if these actions are not cruel and offensive enough he vehemently denies any of ithappening Later when Lizaveta gives birth to Fyodors illegitimate son it is Grigory and Marfawho take the boy in baptize him an decide to raise the child The townspeople mistakenly creditFyodor for taking the dead womans child into his house All of these actions on the part ofFyodor are the cause for his punishment While Fyodor neglected his fatherly duties to his otherthree sons to his fourth he rejects them completely He finds the controversy around the mysteryof the boys conception amusing He employs his own son as one of
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