Whenever I read a novel for English class, I always look for important quotations that my teacher could twist into a prompt for one of her notorious “literary analysis essays.” During my week-and-a-half-long vacation (thank you, Sandy), I sat down and read my latest assigned book Notes From the Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Although most of the novel was so confusing it might as well have been written in Russian, one theme stood out to me as clear “prompt” material so I began to dissect it.
Dostoyevsky explains how man loves the process of obtaining something, but does not quite like actually obtaining it. Metaphorically speaking, man is interested in playing chess, but not in actually capturing the king piece. At first, this idea seemed absurd to me. I listen to my teachers and then go home and study at night because I want to “obtain” an A on the test. I give my all in practice and the weight room because I want to win on the baseball diamond. In the short term, I would do whatever it takes to capture the mighty king.