Children In ?The Brothers Karamazov
Children in the Brothers Karamazov
Children are portrayed in ?The Brothers Karamazov? as being mistreated by adults and
by God. Ivan, who is the most troubled by children?s sufferings, doesn?t want to forget them so
he keeps articles about the misfortunes dealt upon children. The story also incorporates tales of
children that are in the town, and surrounding areas, who become important to the plot of the
story. By the end of the book Dostoevsky wants you to feel such grief and sadness for the
children that it might even challenge your faith to God.
The first child I will mention is discussed in the ?Peasant Women Who Have Faith?
chapter. A peasant woman goes to see Father Zosima because she has lost her son. The woman
is very distraught and says that she left her husband and the rest of her family because she
couldn?t take it anymore. This woman had already lost three other sons and just couldn?t stand
to lose another. Father Zosima tells her a story about a saint who comforts a grieving mother,
like herself, who had lost her only child. ?Knowest thou not,? said the saint
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