The character of Dostoevsky's novel The Idiot - Prince Myshkin
The character of the novel "Idiot" (Prince Myshkin) isthe eternal image of the "ideal" person. A man involved in some cruel mistake in a frantic social life, which made him look at the world in a different way.
Prince Myshkin is the protagonist of one of thethe best works of F.M. Dostoevsky - "The Idiot." In this novel, the author sums up his numerous reflections related to Christianity in general, the personality of Jesus Christ himself and the influence of his teaching on the world around him. As the writer said, the purpose of this work was to present to readers the positive and beautiful from all sides of the person. And such a person for Dostoyevsky was Christ.
If you look at the meaning of the word "idiot" in the explanatorydictionary Dahl, you can find that it is "stupid, foolish, wretched, half-witted person." Prince Myshkin in the novel is endowed by the author with "meaninglessness from birth". He comes to Russia without a penny, without any knowledge of Russia, his future, but he is full of enthusiasm and curiosity for his homeland. Prince Myshkin - an open book for everyone on the contrary, and as much he is ready to take from this world, as well as share his inner world. He looks like a naive, gullible child, and at the same time serious thinking processes are taking place in the head of this hero. Prince Myshkin sees in every counter "person", that is, he does not focus on the position of a person in society, his material welfare or other prejudices. And in this he is smarter than everyone, he could treat everyone the same way, and this was what caused the bewilderment of many people: some considered him crazy, some - extremely stupid, unadapted to public life. The image of Myshkin stands out against the backdrop of the mercenary society described at that time. People do not believe his sincere compassion, because they themselves are not capable of this, and in fact it is known that everything that is not subject to you, it seems impossible for others.
The truth in which Prince Myshkin believed, wasthat compassion is the basis of being. We all suffer, but the rare of us are endowed with the art of compassion, in which few of us believe. In the novel "Idiot" Myshkin's mission is to monitor the life of Nastasia Filippovna, Epanchins and Hippolytus. All the heroes of the novel are little children, and each of them needs care, and at the same time they all feel themselves in the role of parents. The hero of the novel is endowed with insight, capable of revealing human souls.
For the first time, seeing the portrait of Nastasya Filippovna,Myshkin was struck by her unearthly beauty combined with proud suffering. The only person who was worried about the fate of the girl was Myshkin. The prince fell in love with this suffering image, the treatment of which he devoted his life. Myshkin is innocent and knows no other love than the highest and the most pure. And this is exactly what is becoming a difficult test for Nastasya Filippovna - a simple loving woman.
The whole novel is permeated with the depravity of the seculara society where crime and proceeds of one's own conscience for the sake of money are self-evident factors. Prince Myshkin and Nastasya Filippovna are the only ones who did not fit into all this. They are endowed with high spirituality and at the same time laying the suffering hearts with loneliness. In the end, the intricacies of social life and the difficulty in dealing with women undermined the already poor health of Myshkin, so he again had to be treated in a Swiss clinic. The end of the work is imbued with profound tragedy. Involuntarily Prince Myshkin contributed to this: trying to show people a new world, he only embittered them and rebuilt against himself.