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

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American Psychiatric Publications,pp. He is regarded as one of the most influential—and controversial—minds of the 20th century. After graduating, he worked at the Vienna General Hospital Dr. Crippled by poverty and angry at the fact that he must engage in specific institutions such as work and school in order to move ahead in life, Raskolnikov completely withdraws from civilization for a period of time.

His only comment on Smerdyakov was that “Dostoevsky had attributed to him his own illness, the alleged epilepsy, as though he were seeking to confess that the epileptic, the neurotic, in him was a parricide” “Dostoevsky and Parricide,” pp.

Where did the light come from on the first day?

The boy looked sarcastically at his teacher. But if organic and hysterical elements combine with each other, or succeed each other, then Freud’s theory remains just as valid as the diagnosis of organic epilepsy.

In his biography of Dostoevsky, Carr finds the epileptic seizures of the author equally meaningless. While an epileptic seizure can result in hysterical convulsions, the reverse does not hold: At any rate, no one has seen fit to question the evidence cited to discredit the “facts” used by Freud.

Smerdiakov consciously nursed his anger for a week after the slap before his first seizure occurred.

Jung later broke with Freud and developed his own theories. I wish to express my gratitude to James Rice for letting me draw, time and again, on his inexhaustible knowledge of Dostoevsky dostoefsky the literature of epilepsy. A given person may suffer from both of these disorders hysteria and epilepsyseparately or perhaps as a hybrid phenomenon.


Yet we know little of Raskolnikov outside of this context. Unlike the general public, his instincts give him more sensitivity to what is going on around him.

If the father was hard, violent and cruel, the super-ego takes over those attributes from him and, in the relations between the ego and it, the passivity which was supposed to have been repressed is re-established. How is one to parrcide one’s way in this bewildering complexity? Nor was the final outcome of Dostoevsky’s moral strivings anything very glorious.

Inhe began an intensive analysis of himself. The guilt that followed his depression, however, is unique; at least, I freur not come across it in the literature of epilepsy.

This gives us some sense of the complexity of issues in epilepsy research. Since Raskolnikov is still quite young, we dostoevxky assume that the unusual ferocity of his aggressive instinct stems from a traumatic childhood event or a difficult passage through dosroevsky childhood phase of development. Solarita rated it liked it Dec 22, Jacob Koloman Freud — was the father of Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis. But if it is at all possible, I wish to rescue his basic insight into the symbolic character of Dostoevsky’s epilepsy; I wish to reestablish the crucial connection between epilepsy and parricide.

But the similarities go further.

Dostoevsky and Parricide

Dostoevsky died less than four months after its publication. I gazed at him with fixed attention, sensing that he was about to say something unusual, that I would hear a revelation of some kind. Rice believes that Dostoevsky was satirizing the ignorance of the prosecutor in this matter, just as the whole judicial process in T he Brothers Karamazov is satirized.


We should observe, first of all, that the incident begins with a question about cosmic origins. Classical examples involve slips of the tongue, but psychoanalytic theory also embraces misreadings, mishearings, temporary forgettings, and the mislaying and losing of objects.

Dostoevsky and Parricide – Wikipedia

Now and then his face turned red and sometimes splotches appeared. Perhaps Freud felt that Smerdyakov’s repression of his hatred of Grigory was not characteristic enough because it was probably not unconscious: It is noteworthy that only after Dostoevsky had completed The Brothers Karamazov where he came to terms pargicide his father did his seizures end.

It is illegal to redistribute it in any form. Upon committing this crime, however, he is immediately tormented by guilt and the constant fear of being found out. What caused this seizure? In order to answer our question, we must costoevsky remind ourselves that Raskolnikov is a neurotic character with instincts that cannot be repressed as readily as those of normal people. The guilt that he experiences after carrying out the murder further amplifies his irritable condition, thus plunging him into a period of illness and delirium.

Dostoevsky’s frud was both organic and hysterical. Anx us begin with a short summary of the novel:. They are tormented by their “guilt” about something and toward someone, they are tormented by pangs of conscience, often entirely without cause; they exaggerate and even invent all sorts of faults and crimes against themselves. Member feedback about Demons Dostoevsky novel: A moral man dostoevsyk one who reacts to temptation as soon as he feels it in his heart, without yielding to it.

Rykacheva then recorded in her letter what Anna Grigorevna told her Dostoevsky: