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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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I suddenly dreamt that I picked up the revolver and aimed it straight at my heart — my heart, and not my head; and I had determined beforehand to fire at my head, at my right temple. I still remember them. But what does it matter whether it was a dream or not, so long as that dream revealed the Truth to me? I sit up all night in the armchair at the table—doing nothing. We were flying straight towards it.

Yes, I dreamed a dream, my dream of the third of November.

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We had only one more ridicluous in our rooms, a thin little lady, the wife of an army officer, on a visit to Petersburg with her three little children who had dostoegsky been taken ill since their arrival at our house. We were making straight for it. I will not and cannot believe that evil is the normal condition of mankind. Soon the first murder occurs. The sensation of the fullness of life left me breathless, and I worshipped them in silence. My brother, for instance, died five years ago.

Alas, I always loved sorrow and affliction, but only for myself, only for myself; for them I wept now, for I pitied them.

I was always so proud that I never wanted to confess it to anyone. I stamped and shouted at the unhappy child as though to say — not only I feel no pity, but even if I behave inhumanly and contemptibly, I am free to, for in another two hours everything will be extinguished.

Why then should I have suddenly felt that I was not indifferent and be sorry for the little girl? 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.


At last they declared to me that I was becoming dangerous and that they should lock me up in a madhouse if I did not hold my tongue. But I mah not sorry to have spoken to them of it, for I knew that they appreciated how much and how anxiously I yearned for those I had forsaken.

The lush grass blazed with bright and fragrant flowers. No, not appearing to be, but being. And at last I saw and knew the people of this happy land. Please note that our editors may make some formatting changes or correct spelling or grammatical errors, and may also contact you if any clarifications are needed.

Oh, they asked me no questions, but seemed to know everything already that was the impression I gotand they longed to remove every trace of suffering from my face as soon as possible. Dostoevsk, beautiful trees stood in all the glory of their green luxuriant foliage, and their innumerable leaves I am sure of that welcomed me with their soft, tender rustle, and seemed to utter sweet words of love.

And is not our life a dream? Dosyoevsky was not weeping, but was spasmodically crying out some words which could not utter properly, because she was shivering and shuddering all over. I had not been so irritated for a long time past. I suddenly caught sight of our sun! Why does my reason accept all this without the slightest hesitation? They showed me their trees, and I could not understand the intense love with which they looked at them; it was as though they were talking with creatures like themselves.

There was a full minute of unbroken silence and again another drop fell, but I knew with infinite unshakable certainty that everything would change immediately.

I never opened my mouth, and I expect I must have got on their nerves. I believe I was standing on one of the islands which on our earth form the Greek archipelago, or somewhere on the coast of the mainland close to this archipelago. Just the same poor, unhappy, but dear, dear earth, and beloved for ever and ever? There was a sudden glow of profound indignation in my heart, and I suddenly felt in it a pang of physical pain.


Also In the actor Thomas Kindinis make a theatre adaptation of the story. The consciousness of life is higher than life, the knowledge of the laws of happiness is higher than happiness — that is what one must contend against.

At that point, I suddenly fell asleep in my chair at the table — a thing which had never happened to me before. I made this appeal and was silent. You see, though nothing mattered to me, I could feel pain, for instance.

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Oh, everyone laughs in my face now and everyone assures me that I could not possibly have seen and felt anything so definite, but was merely conscious of a sensation that arose in my own feverish heart, and that I invented all those details myself when I woke up. And so it was now. I am a ridiculous man. They came to me themselves.

The Dream of a Ridiculous Man

All became so jealous of the rights of their own personality that they did their very utmost to curtail and destroy them in others, and made that the chief thing in their lives. That was because I had said it without meaning to rebuke them, but simply because it made no difference to me. At the conclusion of the story, the narrator states that he tried to find the little girl, and that he will go on and on, presumably with the intent of atoning for his past lack of kindness.

In other projects Wikisource. And at last I saw and came to know the people of this blessed earth. Oh, at first perhaps it began innocently, with a jest, coquetry, with amorous play, perhaps indeed with a germ, but that germ of falsity made its way into their hearts and pleased them.