I believe that the Underground Man is suffering from several afflictions, including both his desire to be a free man

as well as his deep-seated anger towards Russia's class system. Besides these, I think he also suffers from a sort of 'real-world resentment,' as well as a social disorder. The four of these are made apparent in his notes, and are all connected by his delusional way of thinking. Were this 'Underground Man' an actual person, I suspect he would be a very mad individual. The narrator frequently expresses the desire to break free of the chains of society and do as he pleases, though he dare not do it for fear of becoming 'uncivilized.' Although he explicitly states that civilization has only made men more bloodthirsty throughout history, he still seems to want to remain a part of civilization. I believe he finds comfort in the civilized world, because he finds comfort in hatred and loathing, and he hates what he believes civilization has become. His out look on the world seems to be distorted, in a way. He quietly observes people and events, and while doing so attempts to construct them into a sort of storybook version of what is actually happening. If he is ever directly involved in any sort of event, he plots and meditates on the 'perfect' action to take next. He sometimes waits years to respond, as with the officer whom he hoped would throw him out of a window. Besides the uncanny idea of actually wanting to be thrown out of a window, the narrator furthers the absurdity with the notion that it would actually be an insult to not be thrown out of said window. When the officer simply moves him out of the way, the narrator immediately begins to contemplate the rank , or class, of people in society. After a long period in which he walks through the town observing different people going about their business, he decides that he and the officer are clearly equals, and should treat each other as such. He then starts building a sort of portfolio of the officer, noting everything he can about the man. After having gathered sufficient data, he decides that the perfect way to publicly show himself as the officer's equal is to bump into the officer in the street, instead of moving aside for him to pass. He plays the scene out many times in his head, building himself up as he prepares to carefully bump into the man. After the rest of his preparations, including buying the 'proper attire' to wear for bumping into an officer, he finally does so. Although he barely touches the man, and hardly anyone around them notices that it has happened, he walks away feeling quite accomplished with himself. I feel that all of the Underground Mans afflictions ultimately tie together, each increasing the effect of the others. He strongly wishes to break free from society and it's rules, but he also believes that the joy of freedom is the desire to have it. He states that the desire for such a thing is what drives a man to action. Because of this, he also fears freedom, knowing that if he attains it, he will have lost the desire for it. He instead does small things to 'break free' of his social prison, such as pointedly visiting someone on a day that isn't Tuesday. I do believe that he dreads social interaction, and only tolerates other people when it may add literary value to his view of the world. His resentment of the real world is seen by this desire to only do things that have literary value, things that would be read in books or seen in plays. He has no wish to do anything 'just to do it.' Each action is carefully analyzed for theatrical significance. The result of all this is a man who believes himself to be 'in the underground.' He spends much of his time recapping past happenings, instead of living through new events. He is ultimately a slave to the pen; he wants very badly to write out his story, or 'notes,' but only in a way as to express his thoughts and theories on a society that he absolutely loathes and yet insists on being a part of. The Underground Man, while being unstable and definitely crazy, is a complex man who is also a very deep thinker. He is obviously a victim of great internal suffering, but I also believe that it is only by his own doing.

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