The Inner Rebellion of the Underground Man

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The Inner Rebellion of the Underground Man

Post  dangibson17 on Wed Jan 19, 2011 10:31 pm

Our Narrator, often titled the Underground Man, feels he is fighting the system. In his mind he is taking a stand and paving the way for a revolution. But as Dr Rees said " Is it really a revolution, if you are the only one taking part?" What our narrator is rebelling against is the Utopian Socialists who believe that through reason everyone could understand what was and wasn't in there best interests. To spite the system of reason, the Underground Man attempts to show how it is better to act according to your own will even if it goes against your best interests.
Now if this is the only information you know about the notes narrator then you may look upon him with some admiration but the absurd methods he uses in order to stage this rebellion either cause or reveal the miserable, vain, and vile inner workings of his mind.
I feel like if the narrator had acted more like the author Dostoevsky in his protest then he would have at least attained peace of mind, in that his sacrifice may have inspired others but instead the narrator isolated himself and became trapped in his own mind, helping no one, least of all himself. Underground man thinks he is fighting the fight but is only fighting himself, continuously, over and over again. The inner workings of his mind are very circular as his over analysis of every situation cause an internal debate which almost always results in little or no action. He is so aware of not adhering to the system that his life is consumed by the system. This way of life and his severe vanity lead him to believe that through his intelligence he is better than those who buy in to society's rules but it is revealed that his insecurities make him envious of even the lowest individuals within society.
It is difficult to understand the narrator's reasoning and maybe that is his point. His life's legacy will be(if anyone cares) that he lived without reason until the end. Dostoevsky was brave and stood up for what he believed in and for this he was punished by being sent to Siberia. There he must have endured much isolation and suffering. Maybe it was there that he developed the idea of the Underground Man. In the sub zero temperatures, in isolation, maybe Dostoevsky felt his reasoning had led him to living hell.
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