Study Guide

Fetyukovich in The Brothers Karamazov

By Fyodor Dostoevsky


Fetyukovich is a famous lawyer from Moscow who takes up Dmitri's defense. In contrast to the prosecutor, Fetyukovich doesn't use any fancy phrases or inflammatory language, nor does he appeal to "modern" theories of criminal psychology. In contrast to the prosecutor's version of events, Fetyukovich's defense aligns more closely with the events as they actually happened in the novel. His effectiveness as a speaker comes from the fact that he tells it like it is. The narrator stresses that Fetyukovich's manner is completely "genuine," without any of the prosecutor's rhetorical artifices (9.10.1).