View Full Version : How aware is Myshkin?

07-14-2009, 07:30 AM
The prince seems to appreciate that:

Nastasya and Roghozin are in imminent danger, from themselves. And less so Aglaya.

The probability of him averting, or even forestalling, disaster is small, and that his best efforts may be ineffectual.

His selfless actions endanger himself, physically and mentally.

Onlookers would have little sympathy for his noble self-sacrifices.

His own fate matters little if he can be neighbour to one in need.

Prince Myshkin’s always acted for the good of Ippolit, Keller, Burdovsky and Lebedev. More surprisingly, textual evidence confirms that the prince behaves in the best interests of Nastasya, Roghozin and Aglaya, throughout. The prince bears no responsibility for the disasters that eventually befall the three, and his actions probably forestall disaster, for a time.

Prince Myshkin acts out of love (agape), and surely would do nothing different a second time. Despite the unfortunate outcome, his self-sacrifice for friends is admirable and heroic; and especially so considering the outcast status of Nastasya and Roghozin.

John 15:13___Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.