You are on page 1of 3


The Grand Inquisitor The Grand Inquisitor is a book written by Anne Freeman and it is a story that is meant to attack the Roman Catholic and not the entire Rome. In the first few chapters, the story has been set in a way that a person of Christ against the church founded by him (Fremantle, 1956). altogether, the story is somehow hierarchy in nature but it can be noted one of the character in the book who has featured prominently is Ivan and it is Ivan who highlights that the Grand Inquisitor is right and Christ is wrong (Fremantle, 1956). The major reason why Ivan highlights that Christ is wrong and the Grand Inquisitor is right is because “Christ has unrealistic dreams of freedom that blocks universal happiness and on the other hand, he advocates for social order” (Fremantle, 1956). However, it can be noted that in terms of characters in the book, that one of the most articulate character in the novel is Ivan. The other character is Dostoevsky whom has expressed himself fully in the novel and in the book; Ivan tells Alyosha the entire story of the Grand inquisitor (Fremantle, 1956). When narrating the story, Ivan says it is a poem, which has not been written and it is poise. Nonetheless, Ivan has given the description to Alyosha as a sadist. On the other hand, he elaborates the “suffering of the children who are innocent and whose father enjoys beating them and how the children have been dirtied by their parents” (Fremantle, 1956). In addition to this, Ivan highlights that the boys were attacked by dogs, which were set on them deliberately by their both parents. Therefore, it is the agony of the children, which proves to him the “Euclidian mind that he utters about the absurdity of the divinely created order of things” (Fremantle, 1956). To him, the eternal harmony will be established when some real suffering has been inflicted to the defenseless victims of brutality of humankind. Altogether, Ivan refused to accept this form of order and does not want to be involved in it.

Altogether. 1956).Running Header: THE GRAND INQUISITOR 2 The novel on the other hand. Altogether. 1956). it can be noted that the plot of the book is man to chose or reject freedom. 1956). This is because Christ accuses the grand inquisitor since Christ has made all men bow down before him. . this is a very intriguing book that tries to show highlight various aspect of Christ and man's freedom. Therefore. Furthermore. This has been termed by the author that the reduction of happiness was to be done “in one unanimous and harmonious ant-heap” (Fremantle. Dostoevsky has highlighted that some of the critics of the Brothers Karamazov had ridiculed his obscurantism and hence they recreated his faith (Fremantle. has indicated that Christ has refused to establish social justice through sacrificing freedom for bread (Fremantle. In addition to this. it can be seen Dostoevsky derives his faith from atheism because he has facts to rely on. everything in exchange for one thing and that is to make freedom to man” (Fremantle. On the other hand. Dostoevsky has his own “faith that derives its strength from facts that he has himself passed through atheism” (Fremantle. 1956). the other character. from this. to add into this. the grand inquisitor is somewhat a terrifying prophesy of totalitarian state that threatens to reduce the scope of human happiness (Fremantle. 1956). 1956). Therefore. one can note that the book tries to answer questions about existence of God. the “grand inquisitor has been said that it does promise human beings as Satan had promised Christ in the desert.

(1956). Introduction to Fyodor Dostoevsky: The Grand Inquisitor. A. .Running Header: THE GRAND INQUISITOR 3 Reference Fremantle. Ungar: New York.