Day 3

The Brothers Karamazov Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    How does The Grand Inquisitor highlight the differences between Alyosha and Ivan?

    The story of the Grand Inquisitor is an allegory for the difference between Ivan’s and Alyosha’s world views. Like Ivan, the Grand Inquisitor only wants peace and happiness for mankind. He disagrees with Christ, however, about how to achieve this goal. Even though Ivan and Alyosha disagree, they both want the same thing.

  2. 2

    Discuss the significance of Jesus's silent kiss in response to the Inquisitor's monologue.

    The Grand Inquisitor believes that he has a better understanding of the function of religion in human life than does Jesus, the author and founder of...

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