Too Good for a Corrupted World: A Study of Fyodor Dostoyevsky's the Idiot

  • Azhar Hameed Mankhi, Mohammad Umar


This paper sheds light on the total moral innocence which is taken to be foolishness by members of high society in Dostoyevsky's The Idiot( 1969). In this novel, man is presented as totally pure and innocent but is characterized as a fool due to his moral innocence which is a kind of profound wisdom that people are ignorant of. The protagonist's natural goodness, lack of aggressiveness and compassion become his doom because his idealism is not fit for the real corrupted word. The ideal man is usually destroyed and his idealism is deformed and stained in a hostile world. Moreover, the novel examines the consequences of developing such a unique personality.