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Smerdyakov and Neitzsche The character of Smerdyakov in Dostoevskys Brothers Karamazov appears to me to epitomize Nietzsches idea of the slave revolt With a closer look at the book we see that Smerdyakov appears to have been plotting throughout the entire story Upon a close analysis we see 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 an inversion of power and the weakling comes out the winner In this paper I will attempt to show how Smerdyakov accomplished this inversion of power I will take an in depth look into the relationships that Smerdyakov had with the other characters and show how and why he fits perfectly into the slave revolt Dostoevsky first presents Smerdyakov in the Brothers Karamazov in Book three of Part one The author divulges details of the conception of the fourth son of Fyodor Karamazov Late on 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 her unattractive and dirty appearance her poverty and homelessness the townspeople regarded her with sympathy and compassion Fyodor on the other hand treated Lizaveta as an insubordinate who was undeserving of even an ounce of respect He and his friends mock her He then rapes her As if these actions are not cruel and offensive enough he vehemently denies any of it happening Later when Lizaveta gives birth to Fyodors illegitimate son it is Grigory and Marfa who take the boy in baptize him an decide to raise the child The townspeople mistakenly credit Fyodor for taking the dead womans child into his house All of these actions on the part of Fyodor are the cause for his punishment While Fyodor neglected his fatherly duties to his
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