Through Myshkin (the idiot of the story) Dostoyevsky depicts the complexity of the human soul, at the same time delivering a panoramic view of mid-19th-century Russian manners, morals and philosophy. The Idiot is one of the finest novels in history, perhaps the finest. In this novel, the enigma that is often referred to as ‘THE RUSSIAN SOUL’ is variously dissected through the different characters and more so by the hero of the story Prince Myshkin. In its simplest explanation, it is a soul with good intentions but faulty in executing the intentions. It is a soul in conflict, driven by the zest for life and a search of its meaning. Certainly the most Christian of Dostoyevsky’s novels, The Idiot portrays how disastrous a good life can be.
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