Russian Literature: The Brothers Karamazov
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky is a book every educator should read. It is considered by many as one of the greatest literary achievements of all time, and relevant for all times. The novel addresses many of the important questions that students are asking today: How do I find fulfillment in life? What is causing the turmoil in our communities? Why is there turmoil within my own mind and heart? How should we react when bad things happen to us or others? Does faith in God still have a part to play in society? Although the book is over 500 pages long, Dostoevsky has a way of captivating and holding attention and causing the reader to consider his or her own actions and attitudes about life and meaning. Whether or not you decide to teach a unit on this novel, the process of reading and interacting with the themes through the activities in this course will empower you to better help your students process the big life questions addressed and develop similar themed units on other novels.