Notes from Underground
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Contributed by Jennefer Ruano
Chapter 2

In this chapter we learn that the UM’s illness is more than physical: he asserts that he has a psychological disease-he has too much consciousness.  He admits that day after day he would rush home to hide in his "corner," only to anguish and "gnaw" at himself, reconsidering the actions he had taken that day.  At the same time, however, he finds a kind of pleasure in the humiliation and even despair caused by this "overly acute consciousness."

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