The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
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The focus of the poem is on a dialogue between the Grand Inquisitor and Christ. The Grand Inquisitor represents the Church that has come into being purportedly in support of Christ’s teaching and to maintain Christ’s example, but the Grand Inquisitor shows that the Church is actually teaching what Christ should have represented to mankind. This all relates back to Christ’s rejection of the three temptations–if he had accepted the bread, mankind would know security; if he had performed a miracle to get down from the pinnacle, human beings would have something miraculous to worship; and if he had accepted the power Satan offered him, he could wield that power for humankind.