Fyodor Dostoevsky, as this gal understands, is no fool.
I read The Idiot in highschool, for personal ed as opposed to curriculum and yes, it was because I wanted to impress myself by reading Russian lit unguided. And yes, referencing this on AP exams 15 yrs ago was conducive to high scores.
However, I was spared the light~gel of literary criticism in my reading of The Idiot.
It was only later I heard I heard this novel was widely allegeded to be a mere allegory for Christ.
Screw that. Dostoevsky knew better.
So did Augustine.
See it and them another way.