Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment (Bloom's Modern by Harold Bloom PDF

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ISBN-10: 0791075796

ISBN-13: 9780791075791

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Crowning already contains the idea of immanent decrowning: it is ambivalent from the very start. And he who is crowned is the antipode of a real king, a slave or a jester; this act, as it were, opens and sanctifies the inside–out world of carnival. In the ritual of crowning all aspects of the actual ceremony—the symbols of authority that are handed over to the newly crowned king and the clothing in which he is dressed—all become ambivalent and acquire a veneer of joyful relativity; they become almost stage props (although these are ritual stage props); their symbolic meaning becomes two-leveled (as real symbols of power, that is in the noncarnival world, they are single-leveled, absolute, heavy, and monolithically serious).

D. Nuttall Hell and the Devil into naturalistic, moral terms. Indeed Smith’s observation that “When we say that the devil is continually busy with us, I mean ... ”82 What links Dostoevsky with Arnold and what separates him from a superficially similar writer like Graham Greene is his naturalism. In Green morality is less real than magic; God’s body melting on the tongue under the material accident of bread is more than any merely human pity or love. In Arnold what is real is the mystery of moral experience, the purity or pollution of the human heart.

That same night the Inquisitor visits his prisoner in the darkness of his cell, and tells him that he is to be burned; whether or not he is the true Christ, the point is the same; the authority of Rome has at last learned to tame the freedom which Christ bequeathed to man. It has laboured to take away this freedom, not in order to oppress but in order to make men happy. There is only one motive which can justify a second crucifixion and the auto da fé, and that is the knowledge that by this means millions will in the end be relieved of anguish and be comforted.

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