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The Brothers Karamazov (Literature)

"Who would like to compare the character of the three Karamazov brothers? I'd like to hear from someone who hasn't spoken today. Ben?"
"I didn't read it. I thought maybe I'd wait for the miniseries."

Considered by many to be Fyodor Dostoevsky's greatest novel, The Brothers Karamazov is a tale of responsibility and culpability for the effects of one's actions on others. Oh, and of the existence or otherwise of God, of the nature of truth, and the need for forgiveness on the pursuit of happiness. So, you know, Russian. What makes it particularly apropos in Mrs. Murphy's English class is that on the surface, Ben is a man-boy in search of truth, but he is corrupted by that search — a Russian topic if ever there was one.

1.18 "Weapons of Class Destruction"

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