The Dream of a Ridiculous Man, short story by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, published in Russian in as “Son smeshnogo cheloveka.” It addresses questions about. : The Dream Of A Ridiculous Man (): Fyodor Dostoyevsky: Books. The Dream of a Ridiculous Man. By Fyodor Dostoyevsky. What do we know about the psyche that Dostoyevsky failed to illuminate for us more than a century ago.

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And when I told them that perhaps it really was so, my God, how they shouted with laughter in my face, and what mirth I caused! But does it matter whether it was a dream or reality, if the dream made known to me the truth? They learned to lie, and they grew to appreciate the beauty of a lie.

The Dream of a Ridiculous Man

Russian literature, the body of written works produced in the Russian language, beginning with the Christianization of Kievan Rus in the late 10th century. And really how simple it all is: Everyone always laughed at me. Oh, everyone laughs in my face now, and assures me that one cannot dream of such details as I am telling now, that I only dreamed or felt one sensation that arose in my heart in delirium and made up the details myself when I woke up. One drop every minute.

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While I was standing and coming to myself I suddenly caught sight of my revolver lying loaded, ready — but instantly I thrust it away! Please try again later. Oh, I at that moment resolved to spread the tidings, and resolved it, of course, for my whole life. I seemed fidiculous to me that life and the world somehow depended upon me now. Tthe, everything was exactly as it is with us, only everything seemed to have a festive radiance, the splendour of some great, holy triumph attained at last.

And as during my studies, so all my life. The main thing is to love your neighbur as yourself—that is the main thing, and that dosgoevsky everything, for nothing else matters.


It is true indeed: After flying through space for a long time, the narrator is deposited on maj planet, one much like Earth, but not the Earth that he left through suicide. Though I understood the words I could never fathom their full significance. I suddenly caught sight of our sun! The eyes of these happy people shone with a bright luster. All this is even now as clear to me as daylight, but, pray, tell me who does not get muddled and confused?

I suddenly caught sight of our sun!

I did not question the being who was carrying me. Because of a thought that had occurred to me at jan time: In dreams you sometimes fall from a height, or are stabbed, or beaten, but you fhe feel pain unless, perhaps, you really bruise yourself against the bedstead, then you feel pain and almost always wake up from it. Rain had been falling all day, and it had been a cold, gloomy, almost menacing rain, with, I remember, an unmistakable spite against mankind.

I go to spread the tidings, I want to spread the tidings — of what? I did not go with her; on the contrary, I had an impulse to drive her away. I had long had an inkling of it, but the full realisation came last year almost suddenly. I was lying on something hard, stretched out full length on my back. But she suddenly clasped her hands and, whimpering and gasping for breath, kept running at my side and would not dodtoevsky me.

IV Well, you see, again let deram repeat: I besought them to crucify me, I taught them how to make a cross.

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As he sleeps, he descends into a very vivid dream. Learn More in these related Britannica articles: Really I do not know better how to convey my fleeting sensation at the moment, but the sensation persisted at home when I was sitting at dostoevksy table, and I was very fyodorr irritated as I had not been for a long time past.


But when they looked at me with their sweet eyes full of love, when I felt that ridiculoys their presence my heart, too, became as innocent and just as theirs, the feeling of the fullness of life took my breath away, and I worshipped them in silence.

The sensation of the fullness of life left me breathless, and I worshipped them in silence. But I did not go with her; on the contrary, something made me drive her away.

The street was empty, and there was scarcely anyone to be seen. Last updated Wednesday, December 17, at It is perfectly true. I may almost say that the world now seemed created for me alone: And yet it is an old truth, a truth that has been told over and over again, but in spite of that it finds no drean among men!

He did not answer my question, but all at once I felt that he was not even despising me, but was laughing at me and had no compassion for me, and that our journey had an unknown and mysterious object that concerned me only.

This figure pulls the narrator up from his grave, and then the two soar through the sky and into space.

The Dream of a Ridiculous Man / Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Why was it that all at once I did not feel a strange pang, quite incongruous in my position. Oh, how hard it is to be the only man to know the truth! I have mentioned that I dropped asleep unawares and even seemed to be still reflecting on the same subjects.

Knowledge is higher than feeling, and the consciousness of life is higher than life.