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The Extraordinary Man in Dostoevsky's "Crime and Punishment" - The extraordinary man in Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment is presented in three fashions: the first is Dostoevsky's theory of the extraordinary man, the second is the main character's, Raskolnikov's notion of himself as an extraordinary man and the third is Dostoevsky's view of the protagonist's attachment to his self-identification with the extraordinary. Dostoevsky's ideas about the extraordinary man are given in Raskolnikov's speech to Porfiry Petrovich on pages 242 and 243. Dostoevsky's view is expressed as Raskolnikov's, and is concerned with defining what exactly an extraordinary man is....   [tags: extraordinary man, Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishmen] 1925 words
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Rationalizing Radicalism in "Crime and Punishment" vs. "Demons" by Dostoevsky - Crime and Punishment and Demons by Dostoevsky are two novels that are directly reflective of the time that he spent in exile. Crime and Punishment was a precursor to Demons and laid the foundation for the psychological novel that would characterize these and a later novel by Dostoevsky. Dostoevsky was made aware of the problems with Nihilistic ideas while he was exiled in Siberia. Crime and Punishment was Dostoevsky’s first attempt at a psychological analysis of a person’s inner struggles to rationalize this radicalism....   [tags: Crime and Punishment, Demons, Dostoevsky, ] 1375 words
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The Idiot and The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky - “And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:  Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.  Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.  Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.  Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.  Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.  Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.  Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (John 5:2­10, English Standard Version) Fyodor Dostoevsky sought to portray these ideals us...   [tags: dostoevsky's ideal man, christianity, god]
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Identifying with Alexei in Dostoevsky's The Gambler - Identifying with Alexei in Dostoevsky's The Gambler The literary character that I most readily identify with would be Dostoevsky's Alexei, The Gambler. I can relate to him because like me, he is a man of many passions. He is also all but helpless against his addiction to gambling. I have also felt helpless to certain circumstances in my life, as have we all. He is capable of much more than what his society allows him to be. That is to say he may be a lowly tutor, but he care's about justice and the atrocities committed by the "high-born" class....   [tags: Fyodor Dostoevsky The Gambler Essays] 840 words
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Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov - Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov Dostoevsky first presents Smerdyakov, in The Brothers Karamazov, in Book 3 of Part 1. The author divulges details of the conception of the fourth son of Fyodor Pavovich Karamazov. Late on a September evening, a drunk Fyodor, by modern standards, "rapes" a homeless woman. Stinking Lizaveta, the victim of Fyodor's violence, was a legend in the town. Regardless of her unattractive and dirty appearance, her poverty, and homelessness, the townspeople regarded her with sympathy and compassion....   [tags: Brothers Karamazov Dostoevsky Essays] 1760 words
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Resurrection of Lazarus in Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment - Resurrection of Lazarus in Crime and Punishment In Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment, Raskalnikov undergoes a period of extreme psychological upheaval. By comparing this death and rebirth of Raskalnikov's psyche to the story of the resurrection of Lazarus, Dostoevsky emphasizes not only the gravity of his crimes, but also the importance of acceptance of guilt. From the moment when Raskalnikov murders the old woman, his personality begins to change drastically. Dostoevsky challenges the reader to understand the madness which ensues by first demonstrating that the ideas and convictions to which Raskalnikov clung died along with the women....   [tags: Dostoevsky Crime and Punishment] 452 words
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Raskolnikov's Dream in Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment - Raskolnikov's Dream in Crime and Punishment In Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment, Raskolnikov's dream about the mare can be used as a vehicle to probe deeply into his mentality to discover how he really feels inside. The dream suggests that Raskolnikov is a "split" man; after all, his name in Russian means "split". His personality has a cruel and thoughtless side as well as a caring, compassionate side. Through the dream and the symbols therein, a reader can cast Raskolnikov, as well as other characters from Crime And Punishment, into any of the various parts in the dream....   [tags: Dostoevsky Crime and Punishment] 606 words
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Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novel “Crime and Punishment” brings the reader a glimpse into the mind of a criminal, tormented by the guilt of murder. Dostoevsky’s focal point of the novel does not lie within the crime nor the punishment but everything in between. Dostoevsky also vividly depicts the life and conditions of poverty within the confines of St. Petersburg. Dostoevsky uses a unique and descriptive diction which takes the reader’s perspective and puts them in the mind of the murderer – Raskolnikov....   [tags: Fyodor Dostoevsky Crime and Punishment] 1006 words
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Imperfect Conscience in Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment - Crime and Punishment:  Imperfect Conscience               A highly educated individual, avoiding the hardships of society while pondering the possibility of great wealth, Raskolnikov, in Fyodor Dostoevsky's "Crime and Punishment," frustrated with his immoral actions, suffers from an abrupt physical and mental breakdown after brutally mutilating a wicked pawnbroker. After this soul-scarring incident, the initial feelings of success in completing his mission quickly changes once he realizes possible flaws in his, otherwise considered, perfect murder....   [tags: Dostoevsky Crime and Punishment] 564 words
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Violence, Hatred, and Pain in Fyodor Dostoevsky's The Idiot - Violence, Hatred, and Pain in Fyodor Dostoevsky's The Idiot "There was a look of unbounded pride and contempt, almost hatred, in that face, and at the same time something confiding, something wonderfully simplehearted." There began Prince Myshkin's curiosity of and infatuation with the complex Nastasya Filippovna as he sat in awe of this woman's picture in Fyodor Dostoevsky's The Idiot . This story, set in Russia during the late 1860's, is one of continuous love rivalries which describe the life of the Russian aristocracy during that time period....   [tags: Fyodor Dostoevsky The Idiot] 873 words
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The Two Personalities of Raskolnikov in Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment - The Two Personalities of Raskolnikov in Crime and Punishment Raskolnikov, the main character of the novel Crime and Punishment by Feodor Dostoevsky, actually possesses two completely contradicting personalities. One part of him is intellectual: cold, unfeeling, inhumane, and exhibiting tremendous self-will. It is this side of him that enables him to commit the most terrible crime imaginable - taking another human life. The other part of his personality is warm and compassionate. This side of him does charitable acts and fights against the evil in his society....   [tags: Dostoevsky Crime and Punishment] 572 words
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Dostoevsky and Freud: Exploring the Relationship Between Psyche and Civilization - Dostoevsky and Freud: Exploring the Relationship Between Psyche and Civilization Few novels delve as deeply into the twists and turns of the human psyche as Fyodor Dostoevsky?s Crime and Punishment. The novel explicitly describes the protagonist Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov?s fluctuating mental state as he commits a brutal crime, becomes tortured by guilt, and finally turns himself in. This detailed description of Raskolnikov?s psyche gives readers a clear picture of his character within the context of the events that take place in the novel....   [tags: Dostoevsky Crime Punishment Essays Papers]
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Self Discovery in Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment and Camus' The Outsider - Self Discovery in Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment and Camus' The Outsider       In every society, it is important for individuals to adhere to a set of principles in order to maintain order. In Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment and Camus' The Outsider , however, both protagonists ignored the values of their society. Raskolnikov and Meursault felt their own beliefs were significant, and through their actions they were able to express them. As a result, one man was judged as a social deviant, while the other man suffered psychologically....   [tags: Camus Dostoevsky Punishment Outsider Essays]
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Impact of Prison on Fyodor Dostoevsky's Poor Folk, The Double, and The Idiot - Impact of Prison on Fyodor Dostoevsky's Poor Folk, The Double, and The Idiot Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky is perhaps one of the most well known but least understood authors from the nineteenth century. His life was one full of misfortune and suffering; his works filled with religious pondering and philosophical discussions. Dostoevsky's life experiences were integrated into the characters in his pieces, both in terms of personality and ideology. An especially important turning point in his life was his arrest and imprisonment at the age of twenty-seven, shortly after the beginning of his writing career....   [tags: Dostoevsky Poor Folk Essays] 2186 words
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The Mind of a Criminal in Fyodor Dostoevsky’s "Crime and Punishment" and Mary Shelley’s "Frankenstein" - The human mind is a complex labyrinth barely explored. What drives humans to make decisions, behave in certain manors, and react in certain ways are defined by many theories of psychology. What actually goes on in the mind of a criminal or a sociopath. Can crimes be justified. And where do society’s morals take effect. These questions are ones that might be posed when reading Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. A great mind can easily be corrupted by a narcissistic need for knowledge or the simple drive to prove a point....   [tags: Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment, Mary Shel] 774 words
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Dostoevsky’s Notes from Undergound - Reactions to an Overdeterministic Existence - Dostoevsky’s Notes from Undergound - Reactions to an Overdeterministic Existence Some of the works cited are missing Dostoevsky presents his Notes from Undergound as the fragmented ramblings of an unnamed narrator. On the surface, the character’s narration appears disjointed and reaches no conclusive end ing until the author intercedes to end the book. However, a close examination of the underground man’s language reveals a progression in his collected ravings. After expressing dissatisfaction with the notion of determinism, the underground man perceives the irony of his ultra-deterministic reality....   [tags: Dostoevsky Notes from Undergound] 1997 words
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The Theories of Porfiry in Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment - The Theories of Porfiry in Crime and Punishment Raskolnikov commits a murder. He has a theory. Porfiry is an investigator. He too has a theory. Porfiry's is getting closer and closer to winning. Porfiry Petrovich believes many things about criminal nature--and therefore he believes these things will happen to Raskolnikov, the man that he has pinned as the perpetrator or the murder. He uses the comparison of a butterfly moving closer to a candle, the fact that if he lets the criminal wallow in mixed freedom and terror he will be able to complete a mathematical proof of the crime, and that the criminal's best move is to tell the truth, during which endeavor he will ultimately lie...   [tags: Dostoevsky Crime and Punishment] 447 words
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The Character of Dounia in Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment - The Character of Dounia Crime and Punishment    Dounia's commitment to her brother is unfaltering. Even when she is presented with the ultimatum of Luzhin, she continues to endure in her dedication and loyalty to her irritable and rascally brother. She realizes that making sure Raskolnikov is there will probably secure her fate in that she will not marry Luzhin. She refuses to do so though if he does not accept his brother. Dounia's commitment and loyalty can be seen in her calm nature about the letter, her loyal response to it, and her actions when she goes to visit her brother--she regards his gestures and words with guarded skepticism, but realizes that he is at least "...   [tags: Dostoevsky Crime and Punishment] 476 words
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Sonia and Raskolnikov in Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment - Sonia and Raskolnikov in Crime and Punishment Sonia and Raskolnikov are two characters that interact with each other in the novel, Crime and Punishment. They interact on multiple levels, sharing several likenesses. Both of these characters are at-times self-sacrificing, both are struggling for meaning in a dreary existence, and both are generally unhappy people, but brighten and seem to enjoy each other's presence--even when Raskolnikov is berating her religion. What is self-sacrifice, for which these characters and so many people around the world engage in....   [tags: Dostoevsky Crime and Punishment] 490 words
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Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky - ... The title is very simple and straight to the point, enough to not only satisfy the reader, but to also intrigue Through my research I have found that Dostoevsky’s inspiration for Crime and Punishment stems from a time where his was distraught; due to his father’s death. Scholars believe that in Dostoevsky’s torn state, due to his father’s death, he realized that there is a connection between emotional pain and physical pain, thus giving him the inspiration to write about a character that is torn inside and out....   [tags: story and character analysis] 1018 words
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Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky - Having recently completed several Books by Fyodor Dostoevsky’s “Crime and Punishment,” the “Idiot” and the Possessed. The complicated nature of his writings, much of which admittedly present some difficulty in one’s understanding of them. Discussing the material certainly helps expand one’s thinking of these subjects not before given much thought. Politics of the time, religion and social awareness are some of the issues so detailed by the author make me want to read more. The following paragraphs briefly describe the Novels read....   [tags: selflessness, the idiot and the possessed ] 2205 words
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Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky - Slow slicing, or death by a thousand cuts, was a capital punishment in 900 A.D. China for those who committed brutal crimes, such as murder. In present day America, the use of lethal injection is one of many forms of capital punishment used to end the lives of an offender. It appears that people, throughout the centuries, have looked for a suitable way to punish a criminal. These punishments have a sole purpose, and that is to take the life of an offender. By taking the life of a wrong doer does not erase the crime nor does it help reform the criminal....   [tags: Crime and Punishment Essays] 765 words
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Marx and Dostoevsky on Modernity - ... The revolution causing the overthrow of the bourgeois class was about private property, it came about because proletarians have no way of getting property. Marx believe this was necessary to happen because laboring for property would just exploit the person and society as a whole. Marx believed that by removing the private part away from property and making it a social good, in turn which would result in labor being just about labor and not about owning property. Bourgeois are all against the communist’s ideology of removing the public from property “You are horrified at our intending to do away with private property....   [tags: Notes from Underground, Communist Manifesto] 1101 words
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Crime and Punishment by Theodore Dostoevsky - ... This argument was brought up because Raskolnikov offended Luzhin by disagreeing with his theory, which naturally, any rationalist would have felt offended by. Logically, Luzhin deserved Dunia’s affection because of what he could provide for her, but morally, Dunia had to stand by her brother because of their personal, and emotional, connection. Luzhin was unable to understand Dunia’s moral reasoning, which resulted in the loss of his engagement to Dunia. As a consequence of pushing his theory to an extreme, Luzhin was left devastated and could not seem to comprehend that his emphasis on rationalist beliefs - not Dunia’s supposed deprivation of Luzhin’s money - caused his isolation....   [tags: philosophical analysis] 1925 words
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Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky - ... He feels alienated from society, as "A gloomy sensation of agonizing, eternal solitude and remoteness took conscious form in his soul." (103). In his attempt to be more modern, Raskolnikov ended up losing what it means to be hu-man. For example, during the aftershock of his experiment, Raskolnikov was standing in front of a beautiful cathedral. "It left him strangely cold; for him, this gorgeous picture was blank and lifeless." (113). The cathedral beheld great beauty, but in trying to be a modern man, Raskolnikov saw no use for such beauty....   [tags: the Great Divide] 865 words
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Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoevsky, like most authors, had a distinct way of conveying his message in his novel. In the case of Crime and Punishment Dostoevsky employs irregular plot pacing to develop the character of the protagonist, Raskolnikov, who undergoes quite a journey. Sounds like most books right. A man going through a journey and undergoing a transformation. The unique thing that has captivated many readers is a murder occurring in the early stages of the novel as opposed to being the climax towards the end of the novel....   [tags: Irregular Plot Placing, Crime and Punishment]
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Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky - Before the interactive oral, I noticed the numerous dreams and hallucinations in the novel Crime and Punishment, but I was not quite able to grasp the deeper meaning of some of the dreams and hallucinations. After this interactive oral, I see how important dreams are in this novel. They serve to illuminate the state of a character in a way that would not otherwise be clear. During this interactive oral, it was pointed out that the dreams in this novel are very influential to a character’s state of mind and actions....   [tags: Crime and Punishment Essays]
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Dostoevsky: The Existance of God - ... It is true that since the beginning of time, many people have worshiped and believed in many gods, which society has created. Ludwig Feuerbach, German philosopher, in The Essence of Christianity, argued that religion was the consciousness of the infinite. God is merely an alienated image of humanity’s own desire for perfection, the projection of human needs, desires and fears. Humans, in fact, had created God, not vice-versa. Dostoevsky goes further than Voltaire and Ludwig. He believes that you have to have true faith in order to attain happiness and to create the ground for better life....   [tags: christianity, image, humanity] 607 words
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Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime And Punishment - Napoleon, Caesar, Aristotle, Washington, Rockefeller. These men have been a part of history for thousands of years. They are remembered for their flaws and triumphs, for their personalities and actions. Whether for good or for evil, they are, and will be, remembered. But then the question arises, are these men special. Do they deserve the remembrance that has been given to them. Are these the men who should be our role models. These questions are a central theme of Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment....   [tags: Crime and Punishment Essays] 1164 words
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Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky - Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment was written in a regimented Russian society at a time when individuals were judged not by their character, but by their class and accordance with social institutions. The characters and foils in the novel vary in their social status as well as in their morals. Several characters that society respects for their position are shown to have little virtue, while others that are shunned are illustrated to be virtuous human beings. Thus Dostoevsky suggests that individuals must look beyond a person’s social status to value them as a person, in doing condemning the institutions that society holds dear....   [tags: Crime and Punishment Essays]
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Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky - In Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment, the theme of duality and the conflict between personal desires and morals is present throughout much of the novel. There are dual conflicts: one external between a disillusioned individual and his world, and the other internal between an isolated soul and his inner thoughts. It is the internal conflict in the main character, Raskolnikov, that is the focused on for much of the novel. The first of Rodya’s two sides is his intellectual side. This side of rodya is inhumane, and exhibiting extreme self-will and power....   [tags: Crime and Punishment Essays]
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Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky - Suffering In the novel Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky, suffering is an integral part of every character's role. However, the message that Dostoevsky wants to present with the main character, Raskolnikov, is not one of the Christian idea of salvation through suffering. Rather, it appears to me, as if the author never lets his main character suffer mentally throughout the novel, in relation to the crime, that is. His only pain seems to be physical sicknes. Raskolnikov commits a premeditated murder in a state of delirium....   [tags: suffering, guilt, murder]
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Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky - In Fyodor Dostoevsky book Crime and Punishment, women at this time in Russia were not the equals of men in terms of education and power. In Crime and Punishment the women in the story were self-sacrificing in their actions, which in return paid off for the women. Majority of women, in Crime and Punishment, such as Sonya were selfless in their actions. The women in this story play a motherly role towards the men. Women in this story may have lived in a male dominated society, but it seemed that the words the women spoke in this story were very strong in influencing the men....   [tags: Crime and Punishment Essays] 1938 words
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Crime and Punishment: A Reflection of Fyodor Dostoevsky - Crime and Punishment: A Reflection of Fyodor Dostoevsky Crime and Punishment is one of the most well-known pieces of literature written by Fyodor Dostoevsky. It was written during a time of turmoil, when Dostoevsky’s wife and brother died and he was burdened with debts, which was made worse by his excessive drinking and gambling. As a result, Crime and Punishment reflects much of the author’s inner psyche, showing much of what the author thought of the world around him. In the book, Raskolnikov’s situation is not unlike Dostoevsky’s....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Book Review, Author]
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The Psychological Dilemma in Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment - In Fyodor Dostoevsky’s drama, Crime and Punishment Rodion Romanovich Raskonlnikov exclaims, “I didn’t kill a human being, but a principle!” (Dostoevsky, 409). This occurs in part III, chapter VI of the novel when he’s battling with the confession of his murder he committed. In the beginning, Raskonlnikov, the protagonist of the novel, was a former student, struggling to get his life in order. He contemplates on whether he wants to assassinate his old land lady, Alyona Ivanovna, because he believes she was the cause for his debt....   [tags: Crime and Punishment Essays]
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Analysis of Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky - One of the aspects of Crime and Punishment that stands out is that it is much more than a simple crime story. It is in fact a great study of the mind of a murder. Raskolnikov is a terrifying but sympathetic main character precisely because he is just twisted enough, just ill enough, for the reader to believe anyone is capable of such atrocities. The jumping off point for Raskolnikov is his idea of extraordinary and ordinary people. Looking at his theory and applying it as a tool for analysis of Raskolnikov himself leads not only to a deeper understanding of this idea but also of Raskolnikov....   [tags: Crime and Punishment Essays]
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Analysis of Dostoevsky´s Crime and Punishment - ... Even when Porfiry suggests that the criminal who murdered the pawnbroker may run away but, "psychologically he won't escape" (287), Raskolnikov becomes infuriated and accuses Porfiry of trying to scare him. However, Raskolnikov fails to understand the meaning behind Porfiry's words perhaps because he still chooses not to rely on his conscience and confess to the crime.While the superiority complex sets him apart from the society in the beginning, his piercing conscience distances him from people later on in the novel....   [tags: murder, theory, redemption, action] 1273 words
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Dostoevsky as Performer - Dostoevsky as Performer Storytelling and reading aloud played a valuable part in young Fyodor's life, influencing his own later successful writing endeavors as well as his performance of literature. His nanny and wet nurse introduced the Dostoevsky children to folklore and lives of the saints through the stories they told. Nanny Alyona Frolovna "told the children stories of ancient Russia, of Saint Sergey of Moscow subduing a bear by the power of his holiness, of heroes and legends and folk tales, Christianity and Russian myth intertwined"; the stories were so vivid and frightening that the children had trouble sleeping (Gunn 10)....   [tags: Russian Literature Christianity Religion Essays]
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Dostoevsky and Psychology - Dostoevsky and Psychology "A sick man's dreams are often extraordinarily distinct and vivid and extremely life-like. A scene may be composed of the most unnatural and incongruous elements, but the setting and presentation are so plausible, the details so subtle, so unexpected, so artistically in harmony with the whole picture, that the dreamer could not invent them for himself in his waking state. . . "1 Fyodor Dostoevsky's remarkable insight into the psychology of man is seen here in the development of Raskolnikov's dream on the beating of a horse by drunken peasants....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]
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Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment begins with Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov living in poverty and isolation in St. Petersburg. The reader soon learns that he was, until somewhat recently, a successful student at the local university. His character at that point was not uncommon. However, the environment of the grim and individualistic city eventually encourages Raskolnikov’s undeveloped detachment and sense of superiority to its current state of desperation. This state is worsening when Raskolnikov visits an old pawnbroker to sell a watch....   [tags: Crime and Punishment Essay]
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Theodicy and Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov - Theodicy and Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov The problem of reconciling an omnipotent, perfectly just, perfectly benevolent god with a world full of evil and suffering has plagued believers since the beginning of religious thought. Atheists often site this paradox in order to demonstrate that such a god cannot exist and, therefore, that theism is an invalid position. Theodicy is a branch of philosophy that seeks to defend religion by reconciling the supposed existence of an omnipotent, perfectly just God with the presence of evil and suffering in the world....   [tags: The Brothers Karamazov]
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The Literature of Fyodor Dostoevsky - The Literature of Fyodor Dostoevsky If literature is a game, then Fyodor Dostoevsky is one of literature's most talented and respected players. All of Dostoevsky's works are not only highly regarded by his readers, but also scholars of literature. Sigmund Freud stated that Dostoevsky's place in literature is "...not far behind Shakespeare" (Freud 972). The novel most commonly referred to as his masterpiece is Crime and Punishment. This novel is written with such genius that practically anyone could enjoy it (anyone who would be willing to read a five hundred page novel, that is)....   [tags: Papers] 617 words
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Crime and Punishment: Dostoevsky's Portrayal of Anti-Nihilism - ... For one life, thousands of lives saved from ruin and collapse. One-death and a hundred lives--there's arithmatic for you. What does the life of this sickly, stupid, bad-tempered old woman mean anyway in the balance of existance. No more than the life of a louse or a cockroach" (Dostoyevsky, 73). Raskolnikov feels compelled to kill beyond conventional morality, that he is a great man like Napoleon, that he has transcended, gone beyond, oversome. He believes that Christian morality is for slaves; he aspires to be a master....   [tags: Russian literature]
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Analysis of Dostoevsky and Nietzsche's Literature - Analysis of Dostoevsky and Nietzsche's Literature      Friedrich Nietzsche once said, “Dostoevsky, the only one who has taught me anything about psychology.” The two writers share many similarities and differences. Dostoevsky clearly had an effect on the thinking of Nietzsche. The two would be considered both philosophers and psychologists. Both writers became prominent in the late 19th century in Germany and Russia respectively. Dostoevsky was noted for his Russian literary classics and would be responsible for a flowering of late 19th century Russian literary culture....   [tags: Psychology Friedrich Nietzsche Philosophy Essays] 5388 words
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Fyodor Dostoevsky, A Tortured Genius - Dostoevsky biography as related to his works It is often remarkable to see the relation between events in an author?s life and that of his works. Many great authors have transcribed the pivotal moments of their existence onto paper for readers to enjoy, sympathize, or rage. Certainly, Fyodor (or Fedor) Dostoevsky, being no different than that of the very best of his profession, lived a life with experiences that influenced his writings a great deal. His masterpieces stand as ultimate manifestations of his tumultuous affair with pain, sorrow, anger, misery, for, each tells of dark worlds and conflicts with social status, money, or oneself....   [tags: Biography biographies bio]
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Exposing Nihilism in Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky - A paragon of realist literature, Fyodor Dostoevsky deftly exposes nihilism in his novel, Crime and Punishment, published in 1866. Its protagonist, Rodion Raskolnikov, is intelligent yet bitter and unfeeling, having denounced his morality and bonds with society. He embodies the qualities of nihilism, the desertion of all emotional and ethical concerns. This philosophical doctrine is historically ubiquitous, particularly with the Nihilist Movement, one of Imperial Russia’s Great Reforms, and the growing apostasy and atheism of postmodernity; both instances aptly highlight the abandonment of virtue, individual and societal....   [tags: utilitarianism, ethics, society]
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Prison Reform in Russia and Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky - The novel Crime and Punishment occurs in the summer of 1865; a time when radical legal and social changes swept through Russia. The reforms of 1860’s and 1870’s were known as the Great Reforms because they affected every aspect of Russian life. With “an 1861 decree emancipating the serfs and [a] monumental reform of the court system in 1864,” the Russian society was still transitioning from an Estate-of-the-realm style toward a more just system focused on equality (Burnham 1227). The reformed penal system is not just under the modern sense of justice, yet it provided a far greater level of equality than the previous model, dominated by aristocrats and government officials....   [tags: Crime and Punishment Essays]
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The Grand Inquisitor in Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky - ... This is not restricted to Europe, in fact, this way of thinking has become staggeringly more intense in the United States. This was heavily noticeable during the 1970s when there was an explosion to a nearly comical extent of finding one’s true self and world peace through individuals being peaceful. It is also noticeable in the writings of early American thinkers including Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau…. Before addressing why the inquisitor’s conception of freedom is wrong, the problem of evil must be addressed because they complete each other; one cannot fully understand why Ivan’s inquisitor is wrong without first understanding why Ivan’s view of evil in the world is al...   [tags: victims, children, orthodox]
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Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime And Punishment - Life is a wheel rolling inexorably forward through the temporal realm of existence. There are those that succumb to its motion and there are a certain few, like Christ and Napoleon, who temporarily grasp the wheel and shape all life around them. "Normal" people accept their positions in life and are bound by law and morality. Extraordinary people, on the other hand, supersede the law and forge the direction and progress of society. Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky, is the story of a group of people caught beneath the wheel and their different reactions to their predicament....   [tags: Crime and Punishment Essays] 1732 words
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Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime And Punishment - Crime And Punishment Section 1: Significance of Title The title Crime and Punishment is significant in the fact that Raskolnikov the main character commits and crime and faces punishment. This punishment is not just going to prison but psychological punishment too. His action haunts him the whole story. He does eventually go to jail though. This book shows that if someone commit’s a crime they will face punishment of some kind. Section 2: Author The author Fyodor Dostoevsky wrote his book Crime and Punishment from life experiences....   [tags: Crime and Punishment Essays] 1318 words
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Book Report On Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov - CHARACTERIZATION The main characters of Dostoevsky's novel The Brothers Karamazov are, as the title suggests, the members of the Karamazov "family," if it can indeed be called such. The only things that the members of this family share are a name and the "Karamazov curse," a legacy of base impulses and voluptuous lust. References to this tendency towards immorality are sprinkled heavily throughout the novel; phrases such as "a brazen brow and a Karamazov conscience," "voluptuary streak," and "Karamazovian baseness" abound....   [tags: Book Review] 3107 words
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Murder Rationale in Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment - Murder Rationale in Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment Feodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment is a murder mystery unlike most murder mysteries. In this novel the reader knows "who done it"; the mystery lies in why the murder is committed. Throughout the story, Raskolnikov gives three main reasons why he kills Alena Ivanovna. Although these reasons seem unrelated on a superficial level, there is truth in all of them. What's more, each one builds on its predecessor. Raskolnikov's first two reasons are scrutinized by Sonya one at a time as his solitary motive for murder....   [tags: Crime Punishment Essays]
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The Murderer's Motives in Dostoevsky's Crime & Punishment - The Murderer's Motives in Dostoevsky's Crime & Punishment The beauty of Crime and Punishment is that there are no absolutes. It is a 19th century murder mystery, with the identity of the murderer clear, but the murderer's reasons far from being so. Although each chapter was replete with uncertainty, no other facet of the novel caused greater vexation both during the reading and even after its conclusion than what drove Raskol'nikov to commit the murder. That is not to say that he committed murder without purpose or reason, that he was just a cookie cutter villain with no purpose; instead, he is a multi-faceted character that is both likable and a scoundrel at once....   [tags: Crime Punishment Essays]
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Hope as a Means of Discovering Personal Meaning in Crime and Punishment - In every story, a character develops with the plot from an initial individual that leads to an ultimate, either improved or distorted, character. However in these stories there is one driving factor that pushes the transformation of the character: hope. Many authors utilize hope to justify the characters’ actions in their novels, because it gives them a motivation to continue pursuing the conclusion of the story. Similarly in Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoevsky places a form of collective hope in Raskolnikov that revolves around searching for his meaning in life....   [tags: Fyodor Dostoevsky, Literary Analysis]
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The Importance of Raskolnikov’s Dreams in Crime and Punishment - The Importance of Raskolnikov’s Dreams in Crime and Punishment The function of dreams has been theorized and debated by scientists, but there has yet to be a consensus as to why people dream (Payne and Nadel). Some dream theorists believe that studies on dreaming have not conclusively shown that dreams have any real purpose or significance. On the other end of the spectrum, there are dream experts that find dreaming to be essential to our mental, emotional, and physical health. In Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment, the dreams featured in the novel are essential to the moral growth of the protagonist, Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov, and to the reader’s understanding of the character....   [tags: Dostoevsky, literary analysis]
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