Notes from the Underground - Part I: Chapters III and IV Summary & Analysis

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Part I: Chapters III and IV Summary

Now comes one of the points regarding a man of action, as previously discussed. This man of action, confronted with a wall, will sincerely give up his charge as a lost cause—there is, after all, a wall as a deterrent. This man, according to the author, is a "normal man" and the writer envies the normal man. The man will even believe himself to be a mouse—though an "acutely conscious mouse". This "mouse" will have a different opinion of justice than others because of his "heightened sensibilities". Confronted with men who laugh at the little mouse, he'll slip back into his hole with a shrug of contempt for those others. This, according to the author, is a feigned contempt because he won't really believe it and will live its...

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