Dostoevsky and Parricide ()1 The moralist in Dostoevsky is the most readily assailable. It is reprinted in Freud’s Gesammelte Schriften, XII, 7– Dostoevsky and Parricide has 69 ratings and 7 reviews. Adriana said: Freud, assim não dá para te defender. Quando Freud encasqueta em analisar o autor e . indicates briefly the content of “Dostoevsky and Parricide” and mentions Theodor Reik’s criticism, also Freud’s answer to Reik. Mark Kanzer calls the essay a.

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How, parrocide instance, does Raskolnikov come to develop those beliefs and characteristics that impel him to commit his crime? What is puzzling is that Dostoevsky’s seizures, if they are hysterical in origin, bear the clinical signs of genuine epileptic seizures. The Brothers Karamazovpp. Richard Peace has some fascinating pages on Smerdyakov’s “haggard, Castrate-like features” and the various symbols that associate Smerdyakov with the Castrates sect.

Geir Kjetsaa, Fyodor Dostoeyevsky: Pierson Lindenhofand Dr. There is some evidence that he did not know all that was available in German. Smerdyakov’s hatred of Fyodor Karamzov, on the other hand, was so deeply rooted and repressed that he never – not once in the whole novel – referred to Parrjcide as his father.

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Dostoevsky and Parricide

In order to answer our question, we must again remind ourselves that Raskolnikov is a neurotic character with instincts that cannot be repressed as readily as those of normal people. Freud had been diagnosed with cancer of the jaw inand underwent more than 30 operations.

Raskolnikov is a twenty-three-year-old student living in mid th century St. Member feedback about Freud: Liveright,pp. Demons Dostoevsky novel topic Demons pre-reform Russian: Thus a series of emotional disturbances in his life and in his work – emotional disturbances centering on parricide – engendered the hysterical component of his seizures.


Now his rage has a focus in Grigory, who has taken advantage of superior physical strength and the power of his authority as a father to slap the twelve-year old boy violently on the cheek. Could it not be that, as in the case of Dostoevsky, the ecstatic aura – which was so deeply subjective – was the product of hysterical epilepsy?

Nevertheless, differences between the hysterical and epileptic seizures have fteud observed clinically; standard tables of comparison can be found in any textbook on epilepsy.

The experience of almost all other epileptics is that at the beginning of a seizure they feel fear, terror, or anxiety. As a neurotic, Raskolnikov is unable to suppress his instincts as effectively as a regular person. Geschwind thinks that Freud used the term “hystero-epilepsy” not in the sense of a hysterical pseudoseizure but as psychosomatic epilepsy, i. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. If Carr and other detractors of Freud are right, if there is no connection between epilepsy and parricide, then our understanding of both Dostoevsky’s life and his works is terribly impoverished.

But the similarities go further. The extraordinary category of humans that Raskolnikov so admires, represented by men such as Lycurgus, Solon, Mahomet, and Napoleon, all appear to have been unhampered by their super-egos Dostoevsky If we seek to rank him high as a moralist on the plea that only a man who has gone through the depths of sin can reach the highest summit of morality, we are neglecting a doubt that arises.

Thus, both Freud and Dostoevsky seem to suggest that it is necessary for us to adapt ourselves as best we can to the pre-existing constructs of civilization and learn to accept its less pleasant aspects. This is the instinct that most frequently takes hold of Raskolnikov and directs his thoughts and actions, as evidenced by his development of a theory that advocates crime and his actual perpetration of murder.


Carr, “Was Dostoevsky an Epileptic? Hysteria originates through the repression of an unbearable idea from a motive of defense The subjective element is also important in another aspect of Dostoevsky’s seizures – his feeling of guilt at the end of a seizure.

This torment drives him to confess his crime, and he begins serving eight years of penal servitude in Siberia as punishment.

Third, the Karamazovs – at any rate Dmitrii Karamazov – speaks about it openly to the court: She was raped by Fyodor Karamazov in a drunken spree. And when his father was murdered by his angry serfs as Dostoevsky freuddthen the unconscious wish was fulfilled.

Thus an epileptic seizure could result in hysterical convulsions. The reader is referred not only to Strakhov’s account given above but to the detailed records of seizures made by Dostoevsky himself between andwhich are available in English.

Dostoevsky goes into much detail on Smerdyakov’s ancestry and birth. Given the primitive state of research dostoevsoy the oarricide, the complexity of epilepsy, the difficulty of distinguishing between true epilepsy and hysteria, Freud may have felt justified in ignoring what his detractors saw: Martha told a cousin that “not being al Standing left to right: