"Drank in ma cup" -Some Russian

Tania Damle, 3rd Period

What did alcohol do to Dostoevsky and his writer friends?

We're going to look at:

  • Leo Tolstoy
  • Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Anton Chekhov


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Leo Tolstoy

  • "Why do Men Stupefy Themselves?"
  • The Imp and The Crust
  • Anna Karenina
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Fyodor Dostoevsky

  • The Devils - "The Russian God has already given up when it comes to cheap booze. The common people are drunk, the children are drunk, the churches are empty"
  • Crime and Punishment - Marmeladov
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Anton Chekhov

  • Profession vs. Belief
  • The Three Sisters

How is this relevant to Crime and Punishment?

  • Use of alcohol to convey different themes
  • Reveals the struggles of the working class
  • Gives insight into the character's true feelings.