Comparing Dostoevsky's Crime And Punishment

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In Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, a young student kills an old woman and afterward is torn between guilt and feeling no remorse. He feels as though he was just in his action but his deeper morality torments him for committing such a crime. As someone who appears to have a moral compass, how could he decide to murder someone and decide that he had the right to do so? Raskolnikov, with his view of reality distorted by his isolation, kills the old woman to feed his vanity and justifies it with his idealism. Raskolnikov lacks the people to remind him of morality, that the world cannot be seen as simply good and evil, and to be humble. Raskolnikov, isolated from society, gains a distorted view of the human race. After spending his entire life pushing people away and all of his college career with only Razumikhin to call a friend, Raskolnikov completely cuts himself off. He …show more content…

During this month, he starts dreaming and very dark thoughts. One of these thoughts is “am I so stupid that, if others are stupid and I know for certain they are stupid, I myself don’t want to be smarter? Then, I learned, Sonya, that if one waits for everyone to become smarter it will take too long” (417). At this point, Raskolnikov has already published his article detailing his theory of the extraordinary man. However, here he states that this theory of the extraordinary man needing to smash the old boundaries to progress human society comes from his belief of human stupidity. Without any relationships or positive human contact, Raskolnikov became cynical about human nature and that they needed to violently be led to the truth. After arriving at such a conclusion, Raskolnikov still did not plan on acting at all in accordance with this theory he had. However, once he spent the month in his apartment it seems feasible. Before the time spent in seclusion, “he did not

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