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message 1: by John (new)

John Seymour 3. Free will - the idea that everyone has the choice to believe in God or not, and to do good or evil - is a central theme of the novel. Many characters struggle with the choices that spring from free will. Alyosha, however, appears not to struggle with these choices in the same way; he simply has faith, and always does good. Does the concept of free will still apply to Alyosha?

message 2: by Kristel (last edited Nov 04, 2016 05:45PM) (new)

Kristel (kristelh) | 3889 comments Mod
Yes, I think it does, it is just easier for him. Where other's struggle more, Alyosha has the gift of faith.

Alyosha does have a crisis of faith after Father Zossima dies. He drinks vodka and he goes to the house of a sensual woman, Grushenka but while there, his nature to love and do good takes over and he is able to show love and concern for Grushenka.

message 3: by Book (new)

Book Wormy | 1840 comments Mod
Yes Alyosha does have free will

message 4: by John (new)

John Seymour I agree, Alyosha has fee will. He choses to do good.

message 5: by Pip (new)

Pip | 1339 comments Alyosha represents hope. He has faith, he does not have to strive to be good, he just is, and it seems that he will be the happier for it. Dostoyevsky seems to be showing that living responsibly is a happier route than pleasing oneself. Ivan doubted the existence of God because he saw evil and unfairness all around, but his lack of faith had consequences which led him into madness.

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