The Brothers Karamazov

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Monday, December 06, 2004

The 50 Million Russians and 1 Polish Guy in Brother’s K

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Fyodor Pavlovich Karamazov- Father of sons Dmitri, Ivan, Alyosha and the suspected father of Smerdyakov. Fyodor has been married twice but forgot about his wives and children because he was too busy seducing young women and getting drunk. He is a wealthy man who is hated by almost everyone in the town. He is in love with the same woman his son is, Grushenka. Eventually he is murdered by his illegitimate son Smerdyakov.

Dmitri Fyodorovich Karamazov (Mityka, Mitya, Mitenka, Mitri Fyodorovich) - The oldest son of Fyodor, only son of Adelaida. He is raised by Grigory and taken away by his mother’s cousin Pyotr Miusov who gives him a great education but Mitya becomes bored and later joins the military. For the first half of the novel he is engaged to Katerina Ivanova with whom he is estranged from. Dmitri, along with his father is in love with Grushenka with whom he is later engaged to. Dmitri is a sort of angry, yet passionate person who always seems to be spending or needing money. He injures Grigory and is the prime suspect in his father’s murder.

Ivan Fyodorovich Karamazov - (Vanya, Vanka, Vanechka) - The second son of Fyodor, his first with Sofya. He is very intelligent and religiously confused. Ivan thinks that people are generally evil, that God is cruel, and that everything has a logical reason for happening. Ivan is in love with Dmitri’s first fiancé Katerina but supports her decision to want to stay with Dmitri. Ivan goes crazy after his father is murdered because of his thoughts about God and people.

Alexei Fyodorovich Karamazov (Alyosha, Alyoshka, Alyoshenka, Alyoshechka, Alxeichick, Lyosha, Lyoshenka) - The third forgotten son of Fyodor Pavlovich Karamazov, younger son of Fyodor’s second wife Sofya. Alyosha is studying to be a monk under the teaching of his elder Zosima. Alyosha is kind and caring person who holds a positive view of humans. Alyosha has a hard to describe relationship with Lise, the girl in the wheelchair.

Adelaida—Fyodor’s first wife and the mother of Dmitri.

Sofya—Fyodor’s second wife and the mother of Ivan and Alyosha.

Pavel Fyodorovich Smerdyakov – the illegitimate son of Fyodor and Lizaveta. He is cursed with epilepsy and has fits throughout the novel. He becomes the adopted son of Grigory and Marfa and one of Fyodor’s servants. He likes to have philosophical convos with Ivan. Smerdyakov kills his father Fyodor after having discussions with Ivan about morality. He resents his place in life and is the sneaky, strange guy in the novel.

Agrafena Alexandrovna Svetlov (Grushenka, Grusha, Grushka)- Grushenka is young and beautiful girl who was brought to the town by the old man Samsonov. After having her heart broken by Mussyolovitch, she uses men for their money and makes investments to get money. She is a very strong willed woman. She is the cause of problems between Fyodor and Dmitri. Towards the end of the novel Grushenka has a change of heart and decides that she loves Dmitri.

Katerina Ivanovna Verkhovtsev (Katya, Katka, Katenka)- The fiancé of Dmitri, Katerina feels as though she owes Dmitri something after he helped her father out of a difficult situation. She feels as though she should be tortured by never leaving Dmitri even though he doesn’t want anything to do with her. She is in love with Ivan and doesn’t act on it until the end of the novel.

Katerina Ospovna Khokhlakov (Madame Khokhlakov)- Wealthy friend of the Karamazovs and Katerina. She is the mother of Lise and is always highlighting the fact that Lise is crippled and misbehaves.

Liza Khokhlakov-(Lise)- The wheelchair bound daughter of Madame Khokhlakov. She takes nothing seriously and is immature. At one time she is engaged to Alyosha but then refuses to marry him. Towards the end of the novel she goes crazy and slams her finger in the door on purpose.

Zosima – The kind and moral elder of Alyosha. He is Alyosha’s teacher and mentor and he influences the way people perceive God and humans for the better. He dies and his body smells bad, which isn’t a good sign but those who believe in him know that he is a good person.

Rakitin – Alyosha’s two faced adversary from the monastery who tries to corrupt Alyosha. He is far from being a naturally moral person like Alyosha and is a self proclaimed socialist.

Father Ferapont- The monk who despises Zosima.

Lizaveta Smerdyastchya (Stinking Lizaveta) – The mentally challenged woman in the town who died after giving birth to Smerdyakov. She was most likely raped by Fyodor and became impregnated by him.

Grigory Kutuzov Vasilievich(Grigory)- The husband of Marfa and caregiver of Fyodor’s abandoned children. He is one of Fyodor’s servants.

Marfa Ignatyevna- The wife of Grigory and another one of Fyodor’s servants.

Ilyusha Snegiryov (Ilyushechka, Ilyushka)- young son of a poor military captain, who, after seeing his father being beaten by Dmitri, throws rocks at Alyosha. Later in the novel he becomes very sick and dies. His sickness unites him all of his friends again.

Nikolai Ivanov Krasotkin (Kolya)- Illusha’s best friend who doesn’t speak to him after Illusha injures one of the neighborhood dogs. Illusha’s sickness brings them together again. Kolya is very intelligent for his age of 13 and even tries to consider himself a socialist like Rakitan. After meeting Alyosha he develops a strong respect for him and Alyosha becomes his mentor.

Captain Snegiryov- Illusha’s father who refuses to accept money from Alyosha and is devastated at the fact that his son died.

Fetyukovich - A famous defense attorney from Moscow who represents Dmitri at the trial.

Ippolit Kirrillovich - The prosecuting attorney at Dmitri’s trial.

Mussyalovitch- Grushenka’s Polish officer ex-lover who broke her heart and comes back to see her but doesn’t win her back. He begs for money from her later in the novel.

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