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Aristocratic drama; character study; tragedy
Anonymous narrator; loses his omniscience as the novel progresses
Point of view
Third person, selectively omniscient
At times removed, but usually psychologically intense
Primarily St. Petersburg and Pavlovsk; interludes in and references to Yekaterinhof, Moscow, and Switzerland
Prince Lev Nikolayevich Myshkin
Myshkin is torn between his romantic love for Aglaya Yepanchin and his compassionate love for Nastassya Filippovna
Myshkin proposes to Nastassya Filippovna; he realizes he does not love her; she leaves him for Rogozhin; Myshkin proposes to Aglaya
The meeting of Aglaya and Nastassya Filippovna
Aglaya runs away and breaks all relations with Myshkin, who almost marries Nastassya Filippovna; Rogozhin kills Nastassya Filippovna; he and the Prince keep vigil next to her dead body
Myshkin says that if Rogozhin does marry Nastassya Filippovna, Rogozhin will likely kill her
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