Asked by jordan m #377558. The Underground Man’s relations and ultimate rejection of Liza stem from his philosophies set forth in Part I. Liza is the Underground Man’s chance at love and possible happiness. Through her, the Underground Man has the possibility of coming into touch with real humanity, but being unable to escape from his own ego, he needlessly and viciously insults Liza. Notes from Underground study guide contains a biography of Fyodor Dostoevsky, literature essays, a complete e-text, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis. Other than that, she can seem a bit hard to pin down. We sense that Liza’s sentiment could come from a less-educated version of the Underground Man’s Romanticism and that her response to the Underground Man’s speeches is shallow.
Liza is one of a long string of quiet, meek, passive, downtrodden women who inhabit Dostoevsky's novels. Finally, even though we agree with his ideas in Part 1, the final view of this refugee from humanity is that of a twisted deranged soul who deserves no compassion and who … I am a spiteful (zloi) man.
The Underground Man's intentional attempts to subjugate Liza show his spiteful, twisted, despicable nature. Liza shows up --> they have an intense spat that ends with the Underground Man breaking down in tears --> Liza comforts him and have sex --> goes back to being sullen and offensive, hints for her to leave and stuffs money into her hand to insult her further --> Liza leaves but leaves the cash which he believes is unexpectedly noble --> he chases after her but it's too late For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: ). Liza is a prostitute. The Underground Man constantly analyzes and second-guesses every thought and feeling he has. He is therefore incapable of making decisions about anything. The scenes between Liza and the Underground Man remind me of James Baldwin’s Another Country. Feeling himself to be inferior to more active, less intelligent people, the Underground Man goes through life full of shame and self-loathing. How doe the Underground Man intend to prove that he is an equal to the officer. Yes, a man in the nine-teenth century must and morally ought to be pre-eminently a characterless creature; a man of character, an active man is pre-eminently a limited creature. She attracts the Underground Man without being particularly pretty. That is my conviction of forty years. The Underground Man is a horrible person. There are the indecisiveness and subtleties between the two. However, he turns against her, condemning her situation and explaining in excruciating detail her step-by-step deterioration. By bumping his shoulder. Throwing the money at Liza is one way the Underground man seeks to establish some type of power in an existence that lacks it. "1 So begins Dostoevsky's brilliant novel, Notes From Underground. The Underground Man is touched by the fact that Liza so clearly treasures this letter, but his attitude toward her emotion is somewhat dismissive. The Notes from Underground quotes below are all either spoken by Liza or refer to Liza.
Liza. telligent man cannot become anything seriously, and it is only the fool who becomes anything. Liza retorts that not all married people are happy. Underground Man (he has no name) seemed a whole lot like me, despite the gulf of time and culture between 1993 Nebraska and 1864 Russia. If you're only going to know one thing about Liza, this should be it – especially because, in the Underground Man's eyes, this is her defining quality. What did the officer playing billiards do that upset the Underground Man so much. Liza interrupts by vehemently agreeing with the Underground Man when he gets to the bit about how what they've just done (sex for money instead of love) is despicable. Then the Underground Man goes off in a discourse about love, concluding that with love you don't need to be happy.
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