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. Dostoevsky and Parricide ()1 The moralist in Dostoevsky is the most readily assailable. It is reprinted in Freud’s Gesammelte Schriften, XII, 7–

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His father was an alcoholic, his mother an idiot, and in the nineteenth century such a heritage was regarded as predisposing a child to epilepsy.

As a matter of fact, this dostoesvky precisely what E. Jung later broke with Freud and developed his own theories. The boy took the slap without a word, but withdrew into his corner again for some days.

To quote a study published in How, for instance, does Raskolnikov come to develop those beliefs and characteristics that impel him to commit his crime? 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.

A Writer’s life New York: Perhaps Freud felt that Smerdyakov’s repression of patricide hatred of Grigory was not characteristic enough because it was probably not unconscious: This episode prepares us for what immediately follows – the crucial emotional crisis that triggered Smerdyakov’s first seizure.

To ask other readers questions about Dostoevsky and Parricideplease sign up. Schreber’s experiences Schreber was a successful and highly respected judge until middle age Before the problem of the creative artist analysis must, alas, lay down its arms.

Inhis major work ‘The Interpretation of Dreams’ was published in which Freud analysed dreams in terms of unconscious desires and experiences. In his biography of Dostoevsky, Carr finds the epileptic seizures of the author equally meaningless. The only two lengthy descriptions of epilepsy in the novels occur in The Idiot and The Brothers Karamazov.


I wish to express my gratitude to James Rice for letting me draw, time and again, on his inexhaustible knowledge of Dostoevsky and the literature of epilepsy. His argument seems to be irrefutable and his critics must be reduced to helpless silence. Note that he considered the quotation from Anna Grigorevna on the cause of Dostoevsky’s first seizure worth only a footnote.

Freud, ‘Dostoevsky and Parricide’ in J. Dec 10, d added it Shelves: American Psychiatric Publications,pp. Fyodor Mikhailovich was strongly moved and walked about the room while I sat at the table. The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. It is known that the hysterical seizure can mimic almost perfectly the true epileptic seizure – to such an extent, in fact, that one can hardly be distinguished from the other even with the help of electrical measuring instruments.

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There is a grey borderland area between feeud and organic epilepsy that is worth examining. His primary deflection, for example, is to engage in long periods of solitary thought. We must therefore locate a context that will help us discover the meaning behind these neurotic tendencies. In the same letter to Zweig Freud suggested an answer: The epileptic seizure is psychologically determined. The famous Karamazov sensuality – an intensified force of life – was missing in him; he wished that he had never been born.

In order to fully comprehend the whys and hows of Raskolnikov as a character, then, we must examine him outside the framework of this novel.

Dostoevsky and Parricide

It also has a momentary “aura” at the beginning of a seizure – usually fear, anxiety, or terror. 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.


It would be very much to the point if it could be established that [his seizures] ceased completely during his exile to Siberia, but other accounts contradict this,” etc. I am sure that no one – not even Gastaut – would dispute this.

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. The subjective element is also important in another aspect of Dostoevsky’s seizures – his feeling of guilt at the end of a seizure.

During his second illness he was treated by Prof. A week later he had his first attack of the disease to which he was subject all the rest of his life – epilepsy. He reminds one of the barbarians of the great migrations, who murdered and did penance for it, till penance became an actual technique for enabling murder to be done.

However, no matter how persuasive a theory may be, it needs to be confirmed by Dostoevsky’s own words and acts, by events in his fiction and in his life. Dostoevsky underlines this meaning by having Grigory catch Smerdyakov in one of these acts. When the instincts of regular people come into contact with their palliative measures, they are instantly subdued. Aware of the limitations of his source material he took pains to qualify his arguments: