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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To me, a modern Russian progressive and a despicable citizen of Petersburg, it seemed inexplicable that knowing so much, they knew nothing of our science, for instance.

But all at once a drop of water fell on my closed left eye, making its way through the coffin lid; it was followed a minute later by a second, then a minute later by a third — and so on, regularly every minute. And in my love for them, too, there was a sharp pang of anguish: But she ran after me and kept tugging at my clothes, and there was a sound in her voice which in very frightened children signifies despair.

There was only one other lodger in the flat, a thin little regimental lady, on a visit to Petersburg, with three little children who had been taken ill since they came into the lodgings. You see, I stay awake all night till daybreak, and that has been going on for a whole year now.

Dostpevsky may find it dsotoevsky to search within the site to see how similar or related subjects are covered. People lived in harmony with one another and with nature.

They had no temples, but they had a real living and uninterrupted sense of oneness with the whole of the universe; they had no creed, but they had a certain knowledge that when their earthly joy had reached the limits of earthly nature, then there would come for them, for the living and for the dead, a still greater fullness of contact with the whole of the universe.


In dreams you sometimes fall from a height, or are stabbed, or beaten, but you never feel pain unless, perhaps, you really bruise yourself against the bedstead, then you feel pain and ridjculous always wake up from it. The dream embraced thousands of years and left in me only a sense of the whole.

I shall turn into nothing, absolutely nothing. But the instinct of self-preservation began to weaken rapidly. Some other passerby appeared there, and she evidently flew from me to him.

Because of an idea that occurred to me at the time: They even laughed at the possibility of their former happiness and called it a dream.

He hesitates to shoot himself because of a nagging feeling of guilt that has plagued him ever since he shunned the girl. Suppose that this paradise will never come to pass that I understandyet I shall go on preaching it. Well, they realized that it made no difference to me, and they felt happy. The main thing is to love your neighbur as yourself—that is the main thing, and that is everything, for nothing else matters. The questions were idle and useless, for the gun was already lying before me and there was not a shadow of doubt in my mind that it was going to take place for certain, but they excited and maddened me.

The Dream of a Ridiculous Man

And all at ddream, not with my voice, but with my entire being, I called upon the power that was responsible for all that was happening to me:.

I suddenly caught sight of our sun! They rejoiced at the arrival of children as new beings to share their happiness. But we were rapidly approaching the planet. These people, laughing happily, thronged round me and overwhelmed me with their caresses; they took me home with them, and each of them was anxious to set my mind oof peace.

After aiming at my chest I waited a second or two, and suddenly my candle, my table, and the wall off front of me began moving and heaving. They threatened him with imprisonment as a madman if he continued ranting about the possibility of an ideal society.


And yet if they could have in one way or another returned to the state of happy innocence they had lost, and if someone had shown it to them again and had asked them whether they desired to go back to it, they would certainly have refused. They wandered about their lovely woods and copses, they sang their lovely songs; their fair was light — the fruits of their trees, the honey from their woods, and the milk of the animals who loved them.

It was then that science made its appearance among them. It had been pouring all day, and the rain too was the coldest and most dismal rain that ever was, a sort of menacing rain—I remember that—a rain with a rodiculous animosity toward people.

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My brother died five years ago, for instance. But if Thou art revenging Thyself for my senseless act of self-destruction by the infamy and absurdity of life after death, then know that no torture that may be drem upon me can ever equal the contempt which I shall go on feeling in silence, though my martyrdom last for aeons upon aeons!

He is a changed rodiculous, thoroughly thankful for life and convinced of man’s basic goodness and potential for incredible love. Why, of course, I was overpowered by the mere sensation of that dream and it alone survived in my sorely wounded heart. I sat silent — I fancy I bored them.

II You see, though nothing mattered to me, I could feel pain, for instance.