Maria A. Myakinchenko
A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Aleksandr Karepin, the nephew of Fyodor Dostoevsky and the hero of his novels
Myakinchenko M.A. Aleksandr Karepin, the nephew of Fyodor Dostoevsky and the hero of his novels. Vestnik of Kostroma State University, 2021, vol. 27, № 1, pp. 156-160 (In Russ.). https://doi.org/10.34216/1998-0817-2021-27-1-156-160
DOI: https://doi.org/10.34216/1998-0817-2021-27-1-156-160
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Publish date: 2021-02-12
Annotation: The article discusses aspects of the relationship between Fyodor Dostoevsky and his nephew Aleksandr Karepin as well as their reflection in the writer's work. The peculiarities of the nature and character of Aleksandr Karepin are briefly described; he was a very peculiar and not completely mentally healthy person, who served as the prototype for various, in fact, diametrically opposed in spiritual terms heroes – Pavel Trusotsky from “The Eternal Husband” and Prince Myshkin from the novel “The Idiot”. The article concludes that the use of different, sometimes opposite personality traits of the prototype when creating images of the heroes of the works was a feature of the creative method of Fyodor Dostoevsky. In addition, Aleksandr Karepin's mental illness and the oddities in his behaviour allowed the writer to think out in different ways and build not only the image of a hero with certain features of the prototype, but also the attitude of the world around him to this character, which in turn illustrates the diseases of society.
Keywords: Fyodor Dostoevsky, Aleksandr Karepin, nephew, prototype, “The Eternal Husband”, “The Idiot”, Prince Myshkin, creative method
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Author's info: Maria A. Myakinchenko, A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia, maria.myakinchenko@mail.ru