The Idiot Symbolism, Imagery & Allegory
Sometimes, there’s more to Lit than meets the eye.
Holbein's "Christ in the Tomb"
Um, this might be a little obvious, but have you seen this painting that they keep talking about in the novel? It's a real thing, so click on the link. Go ahead, we'll hang out and wait for you. No...
The Poor Knight
Since Dostoevsky name-drops Don Quixote as one of the inspirations for Myshkin (check out the "In a Nutshell" section for his letter to his niece) it's not such a big shock that we get a reference...
We can kind of save ourselves the trouble of reading the rest of the book after Myshkin tells the Epanchins the story of Marie, the homeless girl that he falls in pity-love with in a Swiss village...
The Russian playwright Anton Chekhov has a famous rule about how objects are used in literature: "If in the first act you have hung a pistol on the wall, then in the following one it should be fire...
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