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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]

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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]

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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]

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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 ]

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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]

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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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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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The Brothers Karamazov By Fyodor Dostoevsky

- "It is not the Church that turns into the state, you see. That is Rome and its dream … But, on the contrary, the state turns into the Church, it rises up to the Church and becomes the Church over all the earth..."(Dostoevsky 135). That is a quote from the book the Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky on the idea of combining the church with the government, into one being of both morale righteousness and law . What makes this quote even more interesting is that it is written by a Russian author in the 1880s, before the reality of the Soviet Union and turning the state into a church really meant....   [tags: Communism, Karl Marx, Nineteen Eighty-Four]

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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]

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Crime And Punishment By Fyodor Dostoevsky

- Crime and Compassion Professor French said “The soul without compassion,without love, becomes an object, a thing unto itself, without the divine fire that connects it in a living way to all that is outside itself.” and this is true; someone without love, or someone that will not accept love turns on others and themselves. In Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Raskolnikov struggles to acknowledge love and sacrifices from those around him because he deems himself not worthy, and because of this, he cannot become self-satisfied or stable until he learns to truly accept the love of his friends and family....   [tags: Love, Marriage, Crime and Punishment]

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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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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]

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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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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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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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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]

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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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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]

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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]

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Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime And Punishment

- 1. As Rodya analyzes Luzhin’s character, he realizes that intellect unrestrained by moral purpose is dangerous due to the fact that many shrewd people can look right through that false façade. Luzhin’s false façade of intellect does not fool Rodya or Razumikhin, and although they try to convince Dunya into not marrying Luzhin, she does not listen. Rodya believes that Luzhin’s “moral purpose” is to “marry an honest girl…who has experienced hardship” (36). The only way he is able to get Dunya to agree to marry him, is by acting as if he is a very intellectual person, who is actually not as educated as he says he is....   [tags: Crime and Punishment Essays]

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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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Character Development in Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

- In his novel Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoevsky uses Raskolnikov as a vessel for several different philosophies that were particularly prominent at the time in order to obliquely express his opinions concerning those schools of thought. Raskolnikov begins his journey in Crime and Punishment with a nihilistic worldview and eventually transitions to a more optimistic one strongly resembling Christian existentialism, the philosophy Dostoevsky preferred, although it could be argued that it is not a complete conversion....   [tags: Relationships, Mental Alienation]

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Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky Describes Power and Masculinity

- Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky is a psychological novel from the 19th century in Russia. This novel gives us a sense of the social, political and economic turmoil which Russia and its people were living through during that time period. During this period of hardship people would take the decisions that they would consider necessary for survival and this novel exposes some of the decisions that people had to make to keep on living. The decisions taken by the individuals of this novel may be a result of despair or just an overdose of power and masculinity....   [tags: russia, psychological, turmoil]

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An Analysis Of Fyodor Dostoevsky 's An American Childhood

- Sanderson Nascimento Compare & Contrast “Beauty is mysterious as well as terrible. God and the devil are fighting there, and the battlefield is the heart of man. “Fyodor Dostoevsky was a master of using human nature with aspects of insanity. To write a successful essay, the writer must include, a sense of conflict, descriptive details, vivid language, and background. Analyzing the three essays by authors Kincaid, Rodriguez, and Dilliard that is all about family interaction and influences contain all aspects of a successful essay....   [tags: Family, Writing, Explanation, Jamaica Kincaid]

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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]

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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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Fyodor Dostoevsky

- Fyodor Dostoevsky, the second of seven children was born on October 30, 1821, in Moscow, Russia. Shortly after his mother died of tuberculosis in 1837, he and his brother Mikhail were sent to the Military Engineering Academy in St.Petersburg. On a sidenote, while not known for certain, it is believed that Mikhail Dostoevsky was murdered by his own serfs, who reportedly became enraged during one of Mikhail's drunken fits of violence, restrained him, and poured vodka into his mouth until he drowned....   [tags: Biography Author Writer Russian]

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Conflict in Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky

- Within the tortured mind of a young Russian university student, an epic battle rages between two opposite ideologies - the conservative Christianity characteristic of the time, and a new modernist humanism gaining prevalence in academia. Fyodor Dostoevsky in the novel Crime and Punishment uses this conflict to illustrate why the coldly rational thought that is the ideal of humanism represses our essential emotions and robs us of all that is human. He uses the changes in Raskolnikov's mental state to provide a human example of modernism's effect on man, placing emphasis upon the student's quest for forgiveness and the effect of repressed emotion....   [tags: Crime and Punishment Essays]

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Murder in Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime And Punishment

- The greatest difficulty in my life that I have ever faced was the relationship I once shared with a boy I cared for. As a young infatuated girl, I thought we were going to be always together. Since I believed I would always be with him, I accepted whatever happened to me. During the relationship, things had completely changed after we were together for four months; he began to be abusive more and more often. His suspicions and paranoia intensified when I entered high school and I tried to make friends....   [tags: Crime and Punishment 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]

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Concept of Free Will in The Brothers Karamazov

- “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) One of the most important concepts in Dosto...   [tags: Fyodor Dostoevsky]

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Raskolnikov’s Character Development in Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

- Ethics is defined as moral principles that govern a person or group’s behavior. Ethics have always played a crucial role in determining different kinds of cultures and what kind of reputation a certain group of individuals holds. In North American culture, we determine our ethics as being brought up by certain standards that determine what kind of person we ought to be. By contrast, other cultures have different approaches as to what is ethically “correct” or acceptable. Ethics incremented in Russian culture for example, contrast dramatically with classic American ideals....   [tags: Crime and 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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Religious Influences in the Path for Redemption in Crime and Punishment

- With the prominent focus in Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky being the path for redemption and the search for hope, a connection can be made with the religious influences throughout the novel. Such religious influences throughout the Christian faith can most prominently be seen in how the characters such as Raskolnikov develop. Needing a vessel to communicate and push these religious influences onto a struggling and tormented Raskolnikov, Dostoevsky uses Sonia’s character to contrast religious perspectives and offer a beacon of hope to Raskolnikov....   [tags: Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoevsky]

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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 Subconscious Mind in Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment

- The Subconscious Mind in Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment In Fyodor Dostoevsky’s psychological novel, Crime and Punishment, the suffering and isolation of the late nineteenth century Russia becomes reality. As a young man who has left his studies in the university, Raskolnikov finds himself wallowing in poverty and self-pity. With his dreams of becoming a prominent “Napoleon” of Russia destroyed, he feels that he is one of the many worthless citizens that he has learned to detest. Feeling that he must support his mother and sister by proving himself to be a hero to society, Raskolnikov initiates the solution to his situation....   [tags: Crime Punishment Essays]

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Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime And Punishment

- What is the ideal purpose of punishing criminals, how do we know when punishment has been adequately served, what would be an appropriate, morally justifiable punishment for Raskolnikov, and why. Elbert Hubbard said, "We are punished by our sins, not for them." Prince Machiavelli created the Machiavellian code where he stated the "Eye for an eye" principle. What is the purpose of punishment. Why does human kind feel it necessary to punish wrong-doers. Hubbard believed that punishment is not necessary in order to reform criminals, yet Machiavelli believed in bringing to justice all who broke the law....   [tags: Crime and Punishment Essays]

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Moral Relativism in Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment

- Moral Relativism in Crime and Punishment At the close of Crime and Punishment, Raskolinkov is convicted of Murder and sentenced to seven years in Siberian prison. Yet even before the character was conceived, Fyodor Dostoevsky had already convicted Raskolinkov in his mind (Frank, Dostoevsky 101). Crime and Punishment is the final chapter in Dostoevsky's journey toward understanding the  forces that drive man to sin, suffering, and grace. Using ideas developed in Notes from Underground and episodes of his life recorded in Memoirs of the House of the Dead, Dostoevsky puts forth in Crime in Punishment a stern defense of natural law and an irrefutable volume of evidence condemning Raskolnikov'...   [tags: Crime and Punishment Essays]

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The Role of Marmelodov in Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment

- A Taste of Marmeladov In Fyodor Dostoevsky's novel, Crime and Punishment, Marmeladov is a minor character whose story is told in only a few short chapters of the first two books, and yet, Marmeladov plays an important role in the novel. Both Marmeladov and Raskolnikov are desperate men trying to function in a bleak world. Both men feel alienated in a world which has no meaning. Despite his miserable existence, Marmeladov hopes to find salvation through his anguish. Marmeladov reflects the themes of guilt and suffering that Raskolnikov later shares....   [tags: Crime and Punishment Essays]

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Morally Ambiguous Characters in Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment

- Often times in literature, we are presented with quintessential characters that are all placed into the conventional categories of either good or bad. In these pieces, we are usually able to differentiate the characters and discover their true intentions from reading only a few chapters. However, in some remarkable pieces of work, authors create characters that are so realistic and so complex that we are unable to distinguish them as purely good or evil. In the novel Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoevsky develops the morally ambiguous characters of Raskolnikov and Svidrigailov to provide us with an interesting read and to give us a chance to evaluate each character....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Gender and Evil in Crime and Punishment and The Master and Margarita

- Gender and Evil The conflict between good and evil is one of the most common conventional themes in literature. Coping with evil is a fundamental struggle with which all human beings must contend. Sometimes evil comes from within a character, and sometimes other characters are the source of evil; but evil is always something that the characters struggle to overcome. In two Russian novels, Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment and Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita, men and women cope with their problems differently....   [tags: Fyodor Dostoevsky Mikhail Bulgakov]

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Societal Impact Essay

- Fyodor Dostoevsky was a Russian novelist who wrote many exceptional pieces from short stories to his world renowned novels. He was a man of many talents and his writings reflected his individual character throughout his life. The society in which Fyodor Dostoevsky was raised in impacted his writings and in particular impacted the novel Crime and Punishment. His life experiences from early childhood have impacted the content of this novel. Everything that Fyodor grew up learning about and his understanding of the world made him righteously obsessed with writing about his perceptions he had seen since he was first a child....   [tags: Fyodor Dostoevsky, Russian Novelist, Short Stories]

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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]

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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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Christianity in Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

- Fyodor Dostoyevsky wrote, It must have been a difficult task for Dostoevsky to come to this conclusion. He could be compared to that of the Prodigal son, who returned to God only after all other forms of belief were ventured. Being raised in a Russian Orthodox household, as a youth Dostoyevsky rebelled against religion and later began to believe in the anarchist and atheistic philosophy that was common among radical students and middle-class people that were against the status quo in 19th century Russia....   [tags: Crime and Punishment Essay]

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Fyodor Dostoyevsky

- "Much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment and things left unsaid," Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Dostoevsky was a well accomplished Russian author with a style unique to himself. He lived a very hard life starting from the time he was a young boy in St. Petersburg. He lived his teen years in a boarding school until he was sent off to an Army Engineering Academy with his older brothers. His young adult years were spent in a prison cell and serving in his country's army. His real art began when he was discharged from the army for the second time in March 18, 1859....   [tags: Biography Russian Writer Dostoyevsky]

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The Extraordinary Men in Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

- Dostoevsky’s theme of ordinary and extraordinary people is the basis of his work of literature, Crime and Punishment, which derives from his own life experiences. Crime and Punishment, is the story of a Russian man named Rodion Raskolnikov. Raskolnikov is an impoverished St. Petersburg habitant student who, “determined to overreach his humanity and assert his untrammeled individual will commit two acts of murder and theft” (Dostoevsky). To try to amend his actions, he uses the money he steals from the murdered to perform good deeds....   [tags: Crime and Punishment Essays]

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Grand Inquisitor by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

- The Grand Inquisitor The Grand Inquisitor reflects Fyodor Dostoevsky interest in religious and political issues. Dostoevsky uses the voices of his characters to express his views on the legitimacy of the Roman Catholic Church and role of religion in society. The story centers around the conflict between the Grand Inquisitor and Jesus. Jesus returns to Earth during the Spanish Inquisition, when in which Jews and Muslims were forced to convert to Christianity and were murdered if not devoted in their belief....   [tags: Analysis Grand Inquisitor]

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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]

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Fyodor Dostoyevsky

- Fyodor Dostoyevsky     Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881) was one of the greatest Russian novelists to ever live. There are so few authors, as Dostoyevsky was, who have had such a great impact on 20th century western literature. His works analyze social, moral, political, and psychological aspects of mankind.        Dostoyevsky was born in Moscow in 1821. Much of Dostoyevsky's life experiences, especially early on, provided much influence for his writings. Dostoyevsky's determination to become a writer was stimulated by the literary upbringing by his parents and excellent education through private schools (Frank 4)....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]

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Dostoevsky 's Crime And Punishment

- Introduction “Sometimes, though, he is not at all morbid, just cold and inhumanely callous; it’s as though he were alternating between two characters” (Dostoevsky 206). In Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, the protagonist is depicted as struggling between two mental states – one of normality, and one that demonstrates extreme manic tendencies. In the past, scholars have mentioned schizophrenia as the cause of Raskolnikov’s behavior; however, bipolar disorder, characterized by increased speech, racing thoughts, delusional thinking, manic episodes, distractibility, agitation, and inflated grandiosity (Davision et al 124), is the fundamental cause of his perverse way of thought and th...   [tags: Bipolar disorder, Mania, Mind]

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Struggle between Belief and Disbelief in Brothers Karamazov

- Brothers Karamazov, written by the accomplished Russian novelist - Fyodor Dostoevsky, is an ambiguous and somewhat contradictory novel when it comes to the issue of belief and disbelief in God. The ambiguity seems to represent Dostoevsky’s constant spiritual struggle with the issue of faith. This struggle is best reflected in the enlightening interactions between the two Karamazov brothers, Ivan and Alyosha throughout the novel, each appears to embody a different side on the spectrum of religious belief in Dostoevsky’s mind....   [tags: Fyodor Dostoyevsky novel analysis]

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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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Dostoevsky 's Novel, The Interpretation Of Dreams

- Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis once wrote, “The interpretation of dreams is the royal road to a knowledge of the unconscious activities of the mind” (Freud 1). This remark appears in Freud’s work named, “The Interpretation of Dreams”. Freud’s comment demonstrates that because dreams are such an unconscious activity, they give a direct intuition into the workings of the senseless mind, meaning that a dream shows a person’s unrestrained feeling that an individual cannot show to others easily....   [tags: Unconscious mind, Sigmund Freud, Psychoanalysis]

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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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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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Dostoevsky 's The Double And Palahniuk 's Fight Club

- Dostoyevsky 's The Double is a russian novel discussing the protagonist’s look-alive, his double, that attempts to steal his identity. This eventually drives the protagonist, Golyadkin senior to his downfall and admitted into an mental asylum. The author, Dostoyevsky is an existentialist author from the nineteenth time period that goes in depth on how the client (yakov) is driven insane by his “double” a man that has the same features as him. Another existentialist book written is Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club....   [tags: Existentialism, Friedrich Nietzsche]

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Suffering to Achieve Happiness in Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment

- In such poor living conditions, those that the slums of Russia has to offer, the characters in Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment1 struggle, living day to day. Raskolnikov, the protagonist, experiences multiple layers of suffering (the thought of his murder causes him greater suffering than does his poverty) as does Sonia and Katerina Ivanovna (1). Through these characters as well as Porfiry Petrovitch, Dostoevsky wants the reader to understand that suffering is the cost of happiness and he uses it to ultimately obliterate Raskolnikov’s theory of an ubermensch which allows him to experience infinite love....   [tags: Crime and Punishment Essays]

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Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment

- In Crime and Punishment, Dostoevsky gives the reader an inside look to the value system that he holds for himself, as well as the type of characteristics that he abhors in people as well as the characteristics that he admires in people. He uses characters in the novel to express his beliefs of what a person should be like in life to be a “good'; person. Specifically he uses Raskolnokv to show both good and bad characteristics that he likes in people. Also he uses Svidriglaiov and Luzin to demonstrate the characteristics that people should shun and his personal dislikes in people....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov

- The Brothers Karamazov The Brothers Karamazov deals with many facets of life. More importantly though, the novel peers into the mind and its response to death. The characters all run from death in some way, and only those who can accept the suffering find justification. In addition to the theme of death, the novel acts as an autobiography of Dostoevsky, expounding his various beliefs and values. To get his theme across, Dostoevsky utilized several stylistic devices, such as imagery, irony, and dreams....   [tags: Brothers Karamazov Essays]

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Understanding Dostoevsky

- While confronting Dostoevsky’s Notes from Underground seems a difficult task initially, one must be able to transcend the elaborate diction and parodies, and comprehend the author himself, while also taking root the message Dostoevsky had originally intended in the time it was addressed. Understanding the author himself, along with the period in which the work was written, augments one’s overall discernment of the passage. In the age he wrote, Dostoevsky must have seemed eccentric and outlandish; nevertheless, looking back on him from today with a literary understanding of modernism, he appears ahead of his time....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Suffering and Salvation in Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov

- Suffering and Salvation in Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov   Condemned to be shot by a firing squad for radical ideas, the author of The Brothers Karamazov once found himself seconds away from death, only to be granted a reprieve moments before the firing. Although only a method intended to teach him a lesson, the trick had quite a harrowing effect on Dostoevsky. After his close encounter with death, Dostoevsky underwent a total change, and so all of his new notions became a part of "The Brothers Karamazov", which he wrote at the end of his life....   [tags: Brothers Karamazov Essays]

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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]

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The Enlightment Period of the Age of Reason in Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Notes from the Underground

- The mid-eighteenth century was the Enlightenment period or the Age of Reason. French philosophes believed that reason could provide critical, informed, scientific solutions to social issues and problems, and basically improve human condition. Notes from Underground, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky is a famous anti-Enlightenment novel and is famous for rejecting the very notions of the French philosophes. Dostoyevsky’s Notes from Underground is a story about the thoughts, views, and actions of a strange unnamed man who we’ll refer to as The Underground Man....   [tags: society, scientifically, masochistic]

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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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The Relation between Dostoevsky and the Characters of The Brothers Karamazov

- The Relation between Dostoevsky and the Characters of The Brothers Karamazov "I'd die happy if I could finish this final novel, for I would have expressed myself completely."  This statement from the author of "The Brothers Karamazov" helps elucidate the underlying purpose and theme of one of the greatest masterpieces of world literature. Superficially, the novel deals with a horrifying parricide and how the supporting characters devised direct and indirect circumstances leading to the murder....   [tags: Brothers Karamazov Essays]

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The Strange Points of View of Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov

- The Strange Points of View of Brothers Karamazov The novel, The Brothers Karamazov written by Fyodor Dostoevsky was first published in 1880. This book is unique because it is effectivly written in a combination of third person omniscient and first person point of view. The author seems to be a character in the book but also seems to know all. Parts of The Brothers Karamazov is in the third person omniscient point of view. Third person omniscient is when the author is all knowing. This is shown when the author is able to read the thoughts of all of the main characters....   [tags: Brothers Karamazov Essays]

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Comparing The Corner Residents and Dostoevsky’s Underground Man

- Comparing The Corner Residents and Dostoevsky’s Underground Man       I am a sick man.... I am an angry man. I am an unattractive man. [...] I don't understand the least thing about my illness, and I don't know for certain what part of me is affected. I am not having any treatment for it, and never have had, although I have a great respect for medicine and for doctors. [...] No, I refuse treatment out of spite. (Dostoevsky 1864: 17)   Fyodor Dostoevsky wrote these words around 1864 to describe the mental state of a hyperconscious retired bureaucrat whose excessive analysis and inability to act separate him from the mainstream of the society in which he lived....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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19th Century Theories in Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment

- 19th Century Theories in Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment "I teach you the Superman. Man is something that has to be surpassed. What have you done to surpass him?" These words said by Friedrich Nietzsche encompass the theories present in Dostoevsky's nineteenth century novel, Crime and Punishment. Fyodor Dostoevsky, living a life of suffering himself, created the character of Raskolnikov with the preconceptions of his own sorrowful and struggling life. Throughout his exile in Siberia from 1849-1859, his sentiments of suffering, sorrow, and the common man surfaced and heightened, inspiring him to begin writing Crime and Punishment in 1859....   [tags: Crime Punishment Essays]

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Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment and Shakespeare’s Macbeth

-   Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment explore the psychological depths of man. These two works examine tragedy as represented through the existential beliefs of many philosophers. Existentialist theory expresses the idea that man can satisfy his own needs, regardless of social codes, if he has the energy and ambition to act. Both Macbeth and Raskolnikov have the ambition to act, but each struggles internally with their actions, frightened of the consequences. Although these works examine the tragedy and remorse of Macbeth and Raskolnikov, the idea of a driving force within each character remains evident....   [tags: Exploring Irrationality]

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The Harsh Reality: Crime and Punishment

- ... The conflict was between the new generation, the Nihilists or “New People”, and their parent’s generation. In response to the Crimean War of the 1850’s, The New People blatantly defied the regime and sought to subvert the Tsarist monarchy, aristocracy, and Eastern Orthodox Church. They rejected all conventions in an effort to transform society. The Nihilists “advocated a social arrangement based on rationalism and materialism as the sole source of knowledge and individual freedom as the highest goal” (Pratt 1)....   [tags: Dostoevsky novels, great Russian literature]

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The Prostitute In Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment, Notes from Underground, and The Meek One

- The Prostitute In Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment, Notes from Underground, and The Meek One The prostitute is a curious fixture of Victorian era literature. In the works of William Thackeray and Samuel Richardson it was almost cliché for the heroine to end up in a house of prostitution and then to transcend that situation in a show of proper Victorian morals. Having seen many young women forced by extreme poverty to take up the trade of a loose woman, Fyodor Dostoevsky, a petit-bourgeois fallen on hard times himself, took a rather different approach to the whole issue; he recognized that these women were not utterly without merit as so many people of the time thought....   [tags: Crime Punishment]

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Free Essays on Crime and Punishment - Suffering, Death, and Resurrection

- Crime and Punishment -  Suffering, Death, and Resurrection Fyodor Dostoevsky wrote the novel, Crime and Punishment, during a turbulent time in Russian history. Yet his work will speaks to any age. Dostoevsky  wrote to warn against what he considered the negative effects of the trend of nihilism and rational egoism. He advances this objective by employing themes of suffering, resurrection, and death--all of these currents running through a surprisingly benevolent universe.             If Dostoevsky's fellow Russian Marx was correct in stating that religion is the opiate of the people, then suffering is the proverbial needle that injects it into a person....   [tags: Dostoevsky Crime and Punishment]

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Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov

- The Brothers Karamazov - Thriller The Brothers Karamazov is an enthralling thriller about the strive for self-redemption in the eyes of God as well as in the hearts of the Russians. The murder of Fyodor Karamazov, a foolish and heartless savage who betrays his own sons of a father's care, venomously seeps its way into Dmitri, Ivan, and Alyosha's lives causing innocence to request fault and suffering. With intricate characterizations, Dostoevsky magnificently presents the internal agony that derives from a wavering spirit....   [tags: Brothers Karamazov Essays]

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The Theme of Duality in Crime and Punishment

- The Theme of Duality in Crime and Punishment In Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment, the theme of duality 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 conscience (Walsh). It is the internal conflict in the main character, Raskolnikov, that is the focuses of much of the novel. The dual personalities of Raskolnikov are constantly at battle with one another, causing the inner conflict he experiences and thus creating his own personal punishment....   [tags: Dostoevsky Crime and Punishment]

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A Truly Beautiful Soul in The Idiot, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

-       The Russian novelist Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky stands at the very summit of Russian literature. No 19th-century writer had greater psychological insight or philosophical depth.  None speaks more immediately and passionately to the mood and tone of the present century. This essay will discuss how Dostoyevsky's intent to portray a 'truly beautiful soul' manifests itself in the novel The Idiot, and access Dostoyevsky's success or failure in achieving his intention.  Dostoyevsky confesses in his letter to Maikov dated January 12, 1868 that his 'desperate situation' compelled him to resort to the fascinating and tempting, but nonetheless difficult and premature thought of portrayi...   [tags: Fyodor Dostoyevsky]

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Comparing Judgment Day in Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment and O’Connor’s Revelation

- Judgment Day in Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment and O’Connor’s Revelation Mankind is plagued by pride. Humans constantly compare themselves to one another and adjust their pride according to their observation of themselves in the world around them. Those who believe in an afterlife often incorporate their view of themselves and their morality into their perception of how they will be judged in the afterlife. Fyodor Dostoevsky and Flannery O’Connor, as writers and believers in the Christian religion, portray two characters that envision how they will be judged on judgment day....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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A World Without A God

- Right and Wrong It is said that if there were no God in this universe, the principle of morality would not exist. In Dostoevsky’s novel “ The Brothers Karamazov” Ivan Karamazov states, “ If God is dead, everything is permitted.” However the concept of morality is extremely vague. Morality’s definition is distinguishing between the rights and wrongs of a society. According to Dostoevsky’s novel a world without a god would make everything permissible within a society. I believe that there can be morality in a universe without divine being....   [tags: Religion, Human, Morality, Fyodor Dostoyevsky]

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