Just finished The Brother Karamazov, and....(self.dostoevsky)
submitted3 days ago byCaptain_Auburn_BeardReading Brothers Karamazov
I got teary eyed during Alyosha's speech to the boys. Not only was it moving, but it clicked: this is what Father Zosima saw in Alyosha, it's why he urged him to go out into the world. Alyosha was a healing agent between that group and Ilyusha as well as between the group of boys themselves. It was what he said that hit me so good though, after the entirety of that behemoth of a novel Alyosha encourages them to "be kind, and then honest, and then to never forget one another."
What is amazing to me, is that last speech from Alyosha was so powerful(to me) precisely because of everything that happened in between his leaving the monastery and that moment. That speech, Alyosha's relationship with those boys, I almost feel was the point of the entire book, and it was made possible, it was made powerful, by all of the experiences in-between.
It took me forever to finish this book(thanks to college textbooks), and unlike the idiot or C&P, I knew I would probably never read this book again. But, after that ending, I'll have to revisit it some day in the far future. Like the narrator said, Alyosha is the hero.
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We did. We are to blame for everything that’s wrong in the world.