The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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The Brothers Karamazov (1880) | Written by: Fyodor Dostoyevsky| Published by: Barnes & Noble Classics.

The Brothers Karamazov
Thug Notes Summary and Analysis

What up B? This week we crackin open one of my favorite books of all time- The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky.

Fyodor Karamazov the shadiest cat you ever known. Fool don’t give a sh** bout his three kids Dmitri, Ivan and Alyosha. All he care bout is stackin change, sippin drank, and fu**in bitches all day erry day. So some otha hustlas gotta snatch them kids up to raise em right. Years later tha bruthas all grown up and Dmitri steps up to daddy demanding his cash-money inheritance, but Fyodor does his son straight dirty and keeps all dat cheddar to himself. So Ivan and Alyosha drop in and try to settle this mess. These days Ivan got rep for bein wicked-smart, and Alyosha all churched-up. Alyosha was ready to do some holy-rollin 24/7 up in dat monastery, but his teach Father Zosima tell him he gotta go spread dat love to tha world instead. And speakin of spreading love, not only do Dmitri and Fyodor got beef cuz o dem grands, but they both got it bad fo some nasty ho named Grushenka. Later Alyosha drops in at Fyodor’s spot where he peeps game at his daddy’s servant Smerdyakov. Word on the street is that this fool be the result of Fyodor gettin shwasted one night and not wrapping it up.

Ain’t nothin this scrub like mo than hearin Ivan talk bout how if they ain’t no God, playa can’t do no wrong. Later, Alyosha and Ivan chillin when Ivan be all like: “How can there be a God with all this suffering, yo?” Then he drops a sick poem on Alyosha’s ass called “The Grand Inquisitor.” Thinknin Grushenka bout to shack up with his pops, Dmitri swangs over there to whoop some ass. After poppin Fyodor’s boy Grigory in his grill, he steps up to pops ready to bang out. Later, da fuzz bust in and accuse Dmitri of icing Fyodor. Dmitri say he didn’t do nuthin, but the law don’t believe a word he say and toss his ass behind bars. When Ivan starts conversatin with Smerdyakov bout the murder, Smerdyakov say “Actually I killed him, bruh. You said yourself that if they ain’t no god, then anything goes, right?” After dat, Ivan tweakin so hard that he gets a visit from some clean-cut hustla who he thinkin is THE DEVIL. DAMN! Whatever he’s on, I want some! At Dmiti’s trial, Ivan still can’t keep his sh** together and completely loses his mind. Then the jury convicts Dmitri and his ass gets sent to Siberia. After all dat depressing mess has gone down, Alyosha tells some young’uns that even though bad sh** happens, they just gotta remember the good. Naw mean?

Now unless you slow in the head, you know that dis book’s title talkin bout Fyodor’s fo’ kids Dmitri, Ivan, Alyosha, and Smerdyakov. And even though each of these hustlas got they own flava, truth is, they all Karmazovs through and through. And when you rollin Karamazov deep, you got a lust for life thats straight off the chain. See like his daddy, Dmitri all bout dem earthly pleasures, which is why he always blowin cash fast, tosssin back henny, and throwin down with peeps fo no good reason. Livin it up big looks a lil
different for Ivan though- dat boy got such a hard on for finding meaning that he drives himself batshit crazy. Ivan always be aksin: If there’s so much twisted- ass shit goin on in the world, how can there be a God? And even if they is, I don’t wanna have nuthin to do with his bent ass world.

“And I advise you never to think about it etiher, my dear Alyosha, especially about God, wehther He exists or not. All such questions are utterly inappropriate for a mind with an idea of only three dimensions….Yet would you believe it, in the final result I don’t accept this world of God’s, and, although I know it exists, I don’t accept it at all. It’s not that I don’t accept God, you must understand, it’s the world created by Him I don’t and cannot accept.’

But like Dmitri say: A Karamazov is either an angel or an insect. And as da heart and soul of the novel, Alyosha gonna keep it trill and fight the good fight even in the face of the gnarliest suffering. Like his street daddy Father Zosima sayin: we’re all in this together B. You can’t be lookin at the world like it’s an empty meaningless place, cuz the only way we’re gonna make it better is by gettin eachother’s backs.

And the the best way to look out for yo fellow homie is by preserving the good in yo-self. Cuz as Alyosha and Father Z preachin- it only takes one true blue playa to plant the seed of good up in this world.

“Believe to the end, even if all men went astray and you were left the only one faithful… And if two of you are gathering together- then there is a whole world, a world of living love.” (277)

So plant dat seed of good by hittin dat subscribe button and checkin out the Thug Notes store. And be sure to check back next week for my special episode on The Grand Inquisitor. Peace, yall.

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