Notes from Underground (Dostoevsky) – Thug Notes Summary and Analysis

Notes from Underground (Dostoevsky) – Thug Notes Summary and Analysis


What it do playa? This week on
Thug Notes we diggin deep with Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky.
This book’s nameless narrator say he one sick mothafu**a. But he ain’t got
the clap or anything like dat. The only thing wrong with this fool is he decked out with
too much consciousness. And cuz o dat, this fool miserable
and lonely as hell. After philosophozing about man, freedom, rationality and other real talk,
our 40 year old recluse start reminiscing bout some sh** that went down when he was
in his 20s. Back in the day, the Underground
Man decided to drop in on some old school homie named Zvertov who bout to throw a bangin
party. Thing is, ol Undie ain’t tight with any of Zvertov’s crew no mo.
In fact, when they see him lurkin round the party sippin too much sizzurp and
actin a fool, they start thinkin “What’s this fool smokin?” They even try to shake
him before bringing their sausage fest to the local poon palace. But the narrator steps
to these haters and tails em there anyway. When he arrives, he peeps some rank
lookin ho named Liza, takes her to a room, and shows her his Russian Czar, know what
I’m sayin? After doin the nasty, he try to
convince Liza not to be turn tricks no mo by gettin all up in her head and messin with
her heart. Later, when the Underground Man
kickin back at his spot, Liza rolls in all unannounced. She wanna talk real with him,
but all he wanna do is get uppity and preach to her. But eventually, dis fool can’t keep
his sh** together and starts weepin. After tappin dat ass on mo time, he
decide he gonna toss her a couple dolla billz to prove that all dat real talk was bullsh**
and that she ain’t nothin but a dirty skank. But Liza shows this fool who really got class
and tosses that paper before she leave. Realizing he actin a serious fool,
he runs after Liza to beg forgiveness. But she loooong gone.
This book right hur is widely considered the world’s first existentialist
novel. Years before Nietzche was jiving his angsty sh**, Dostoevsky was keepin it OG with
the creation of the Underground Man. Ever since the Under-G hit the
scene in 1864, righteous playas been using the term “Underground” to spit in the
face of the establishment and give all traditional forms of thought a big “fu** you!”
Cuz the Underground Man don’t think like the rest of society. Errybody else is
just fumble fu**in their way through life and never askin the big questions. But for
our boy, dat sh**’s the dank. And if that’s the way you wanna roll, you gotta open your
eyes so wide to the world around you that it hurts.
If you can do that, you playing a whole other game, B. Dat pain you feel when you beefin
with reality and get yo sh** wrecked creates consciousness.
Like our boy say “suffering is the sole origin of consciousness.” (234)
But barkin with the big dawgs comes at a cost: hyperconsciounsness.
When you can see every angle to a question, you can get so overwhelmed that
you don’t know whether to go left or right. So instead of choosing a direction, our man
doesn’t do a damn thing. It ain’t that
this fool lazy. He
ain’t even that. Hyperconsciousness has made this cat straight up NOTHING. Our boy
calls dis “conscious inertia.” The real joke up in here is that conciousness
only comes from the suffering you experience when tryin to connect
with other peeps. But when the big C comes creepin through your town, connecting with
others becomed damn near impossible. There’s the rub, blood.
And if that seems like a whack paradox to you, it’s all good cuz the Underground
Man is a livin breathin paradox. Our unreliable narrator say he love to be isolated, yet he
jonesin for human contact. He envies yo erryday playa, but he also proud not to be one. He
suffers, yet he finds pleasure in it. All this mess makin him so outta touch with society
that lies and dreams are all he got: So escape this life, dive in to a
good book, and hit me up next week, homies. Peace.

100 Comments on "Notes from Underground (Dostoevsky) – Thug Notes Summary and Analysis"


  1. i think that there isnt anything wrong with being truly conscious, i think its actually a good thing because it makes you analyse a problem where as a thought less person would just pick an answer just to answer, like for example if someone asked a person what is black and theyll instantly say its a color when black is actually nothing, void, but i would actually look it up and analyse, if you're talking about light then white is a color and black is nothing but if you're speaking in an art sense then yes chemically they're both colors.

    and this proves my point of being conscious i just analysed black and white seeing every possible angle. lol sorry if i made a mistake.

    Reply

  2. One question, in the video he taps that ass a second time. Can you get me the page number of that? I might have missed it. :/

    Reply

  3. Wonderful, WONDERFUL book. Also, a wonderful video made by you guys here. Not only hilarious, but also extremely informative. Great job!

    Reply

  4. This really misses the point of the whole character being a satire of an irreligious fop who falls from grace. The point is the Underground man is full of shit and he kind of even knows this. He's necessarily full of shit because of his extreme level of self-indulgence.

    Reply

  5. This novel was also inspired, and is a direct answer to What Is To Be Done? by Nikolai Chernyshevsky. In What Is To Be Done? Chernyshevsky says that the answer to all of world's problems is acting logically, and that the pursue of your well-being through community. He believed that every person can be explained that, and adapt that style of life. Basically, Chernyshevsky believes that all people want to be happy, and thus will pursue happiness, and by logically explaining to them that their happiness can be achieved by working in a community. Dostoyevsky is directly mocking this idea. He shows us a man that doesn't want to be happy, a man who is miserable, and miserable by his own will. A man who is both egotistical and despises himself, a man that prefers to stay in unhappy than to work and even speak to people who he despises (they are not bad people, btw, but he hates them nonetheless). That's the true intention of this book – to show us that a man can puposfully hurt himself, and not do what is best for him simply because that's who he is. he has a soul, and he's not a mindless logical robot of Chernyshevsky.

    Reply

  6. s*** this video describes me too well. In away I'm cursed and liberated. I'm not a drone, but I feel as a drone. Never fully happy and never fully sad. It's weird to see the world in this light.

    Reply

  7. Thug notes – now pls note "man without qualities" by Musil… this is a monumental book that I'd love to see your treatment of..!

    Reply

  8. Notes and beyond good and evil were my bibles as a teenaged boy…

    Edit: they mostly still are

    Reply

  9. Whoah, hyper-consciousness. That's why I feel everything is fucked and does not matter which way you go about things, you get fucked in the end. I'm buying this book

    Reply

  10. I know that this may be a played out topic that I am about to bring up. However I have been wondering if Thug Notes is a manifestation of the hyper-masculine trend that evolves in not only the black families but in general when excessive need is expressed and not relieved from generation to generation. Not only are males coached to be hyper-masculine but women are coached to be hyper-feminine in cultures and households of excessive need.

    Could be wrong but it is just a thought.

    Why not have a female counterpart to continue the satire?

    Reply

  11. The thing about society is that it isn’t that they are not complex like the underground man or we who are existentialists, it’s that they just subscribe to societies agenda because they either believe that’s where their dreams are or they’re too complacent with not thinking

    Reply

  12. I am gonna read the book because it is the first time i relate to a fictional character. I thought i had no personality because i never saw anything that resembles me but here it is. My own representation, made long before i was born.

    Reply

  13. he be seriously dominated by the superego . that part of you which is always beatin yo self up for any damn thing like even steppin on a fly or some everyday chit . ocd is really a dominating superego over the ego and the id .

    Reply

  14. Pity the fool who indulges in excessive ideation. Keep it simple and cultivate the Beautiful Lie.

    Reply

  15. Can we get a full breakdown of the hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy series? There are 6 books and hardly anyone seems to know – the trilogy of five would be just amazing.

    Reply

  16. whats the solution toward this type of thinking? is it a sickness? or is the phlisophical idea that he poses is trapping him?
    How do one escape? How do one learn and become a better man?

    Reply

  17. I recommend “The house of the dead” By Fyodor Dostoyevsky i’d love to see a video on that one

    Reply

  18. I am a sick man. I am a spiteful man. I am an unattractive man. I believe my liver is diseased.

    FROM ALL THAT FINE HENNESSY AMMIRITE FUCKOS?!?!?!?

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *