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What is the role of Stepan in the plot? Why does the novel start with background about Stepan?

How committed is Peter to revolutionary politics? How much of his scheming is related to achieving specific political goals?

Explain the relationship between Kirilov, Shatov, and Stavrogin.

Why does Stavrogin give his confession to the monk? How does the monk react to his story?

Describe the relationship between Mrs. Stavrogin and Stepan. Why does Mrs. Stavrogin support Stepan?

Explain Kirilov and Shatov's philosophy and ideas about God.

What role does Stavrogin's confession play in the novel?

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