My Reaction to The Brothers Karamazov–Part 7: Lacerations

Just in time for Valentine’s Day…

…But there is a grief that breaks out, and from the minute it bursts into tears and finds vent in wailing. This is particularly common with women. But it is no lighter a grief than the silent. Lamentations comfort only by lacerating the heart still more. Such grief does not desire consolation. It feeds on the sense of its hopelessness. Lamentations spring only from the constant craving to re-open the wound.

In Book IV, Chapter 5, Katerina declares that she will continue to love Dmitri no matter what he does, and we learn that her love for Dmitri is based strictly on self-laceration. Continue reading “My Reaction to The Brothers Karamazov–Part 7: Lacerations”