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The Idiot

Fyodor Dostoevsky

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Whom does Myshkin meet on the train at the beginning of the novel?

Where has Myshkin spent the years prior to returning to Russia and why?

Who was Prince Myshkin's benefactor and guardian?

Why does Prince Myshkin immediately proceed to the Yepanchins upon arrival to St. Petersburg?

Who is Marie?

What does General Yepanchin give Nastassya Filippovna as a birthday present and why?

Why is General Yepanchin glad that Myshkin can join his family for lunch?

What is Totsky's "worst action," according to his story at Nastassya Filippovna's party?

Why does Ganya want to marry Nastassya Filippovna?

How much money does Rogozhin bring to Nastassya Filippovna's on the evening of her party?

With what does Rogozhin attempt to kill the Prince?

With what painting of Rogozhin's is Myshkin impressed?

What prevents Rogozhin from killing the Prince?

What poem does Aglaya recite in front of her family and the Prince in Pavlovsk?

What detail does Aglaya change during her reading the Pushkin's poem at Lebedev's cottage?

How does Ganya prove that Burdovsky cannot possibly be Pavlishchev's son?

What object outside his window in St. Petersburg does Hippolite spends so many hours staring at?

Why does Hippolite's suicide attempt fail?

Why does Nastassya Filippovna speak on such friendly terms with Yevgeny Radomsky?

Where and at what time does Aglaya arrange the meeting with the Prince?

What does Aglaya send to Myshkin as a sign of peace?

What does Prince Myshkin break at the dinner party at the Yepanchins'?

What prompts Aglaya to run away from the meeting with Nastassya Filippovna?

Where does Myshkin spend the night after following Rogozhin and Nastassya Filippovna to St. Petersburg?

Who visits the Prince in Switzerland?

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Myshkin

by LittleLandmine, December 26, 2014

The young prince is supposed to symbolize the good. The image of "Christ", the kindness at his own expense. Though because of his epilepsy everyone takes advantage of his naiiveness, and he is looked at like an idiot. So I believe since Fyodor had epilepsy himself he was aware of the losing of knowledge, that can make one feel stupid, hence "the idiot." I know from having many seizures that over time they do affect our brain in various ways. I am not the only one to feel that way, but I never thought any book could incorporate that feeling a... Read more

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