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Dostoyevskys ridiculous man is one who is more morally aware than the rest of his society He is taken for a madman for having foolish ideas but in actuality has a higher comprehension of life that his society does not understand The story shows a basic struggle between logic and mans natural instinct toward the whimsical Positivism or logical reasoning is regarded negatively in this story a common feature in many of Dostoyevskys literature Dostoyevsky opposes the popular usage of positivism by many of his counterparts and instead he focuses more on the metaphysical aspect or mans natural tendency toward the whimsical The metaphysical aspect is based upon the psychology of love and religion as well as the concern with the ultimate nature of existence Dostoyevsky uses the metaphysical as opposed to positivism to criticize a society laden with suffering and morally deficient people and to show that true happiness can be found though pure love but that love can never be truly attained by allThe ridiculous man attempts positivism but he is unsuccessful Positivism is first seen when he is trying to analyze his feelings after meeting the young girl and feeling sorry for her The emotions that this little girl stirred in the ridiculous man tormented him He knew that if he felt pain for this girl then he was still human Knowing this he understood that if he were to die the world would stop existing for him This notion soon created many new thoughts about life He tried to find a way to rationalize what he was feeling and thinking and his only accomplishment was confusing himself more In this aspect Dostoyevsky discredits the rationality of positivism portraying it as a useless tool for understanding Logical thinking was not what the ridiculous man needed to solve his problems and he learns this in his truly inspirational dream The ridiculous man himself states the fact that he began to accept things
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