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These carnival categories, and above all the category of free familiarization of man and the world, were over thousands of years transposed into literature, particularly into the dialogic line of development in novelistic prose. Familiarization facilitated the destruction of epic and tragic distance and the transfer of all represented material to a zone of familiar contact; it was reflected significantly in the organization of plot and plot situations, it determined that special familiarity of the author’s position with regard to his characters (impossible in the higher genres); it introduced the logic of mésalliances and profanatory debasings; finally, it exercised a powerful transforming influence on the very verbal style of literature.

But the central arena could only be the square, for by its very idea carnival belongs to the whole people, it is universal, everyone must participate in its familiar contact. The public square was the symbol of communal performance. The carnival square—the square of carnival acts—acquired an additional symbolic overtone that broadened and deepened it. In carnivalized literature the square, as a setting for the action of the plot, becomes twoleveled and ambivalent: it is as if there glimmered through the actual square the carnival square of free familiar contact and communal performances of crowning and decrowning.

Of course, the fact that he is talking about God in part excuses him, for if we grant that God is omnipotent the justification of the means by the end collapses. But in general every utilitarian must grant that the torturing of a child may be justifiable. However that may be, Ivan’s general ethical position is sufficiently clear. His imprisonment within a series of tyrannies derives from his fundamental notion of right as a law, authoritatively pronounced, enforced by sanctions: ius quia iussum non quia iustum.

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