Ivan Fyodorovich Karamazov

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Vanya, Vanka, Vanechka
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Ivan is the middle son and first by Fyodor's second marriage. He is a 24-year-old rationalist, disturbed especially by the apparently senseless suffering in the world, depicted as highly intelligent. He says to Alyosha in the chapter "Rebellion" (Bk. 5, Ch. 4), "It's not God that I don't accept, Alyosha, only I most respectfully return him the ticket."
From an early age, Ivan is sullen and isolated from everyone around him. He carries a hatred for his father which he does not express, but that leads to a sense of guilt over Fyodor's murder. His guilt contributes to his developing mental illness. His father tells Alyosha that he feared Ivan more than Dmitri. Some of the most memorable and acclaimed passages of the novel involve Ivan, including the chapter "Rebellion," his "poem" "The Grand Inquisitor" immediately following, and his nightmare of the devil (Bk. 11, Ch. 9).
After Fyodor's murder, Ivan becomes convinced, partly due to the influence of Smerdyakov, that he was responsible for h…more
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The Brothers Karamazov
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