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The Evolution of the Existential Psyche of Raskolnikov through Crime and Punishment

- The introspective and self-scrutinizing nature of Raskolnikov from Crime and Punishment, allows for us to delve into the existential rationales that warrant and influence the decisions and courses of action that he carries out. It is crucial to explore the workings of Raskolnikov’s mind, to understand the motives by which he is compelled by to perform the heinous murder of Alyona the pawnbroker. By examining Raskolnikov’s psyche, characterization, and decision making processes, which are characterized by his constant schisms and dichotomies, we can gain an understanding of how the portrayal of existentialist ideals as represented by Raskolnikov, evolve through the plot of the novel....   [tags: Raskolnikov, Literary Analysis]

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Raskolnikov 's Crime And Punishment

- ... This concern for others is a natural emotion. Thus he sympathizes with Sonia. Raskolnikov also sympathizes with Sonia when he perceives that Sonia has no future remaining for her in St. Petersburg: “There are three possible ways before her […] the canal, the madhouse, or… at last to sink into depravity” (322). He then deducts that the only bright future for her would be to run away. Raskolnikov is looking out for her and wants to help her. He as well believes that Sonia is in the same situation as him: “[W]e are both accursed, let us go together!” (328)....   [tags: Love, Emotion, Feeling, Crime and Punishment]

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Dreams in Crime and Punishment: Raskolnikov

- ... Without this technique the characters would stay on a more undeveloped level because the reader would not be able to fully comprehend their individual views on the world and how they clash with society. As a result the dreams that are included within the book help to both further the characterization and conflicts of some of the characters. The dreams, however, are in some cases not explicitly obvious and therefore become more like hallucinations, leaving it up to the reader to determine what is real and what is just a creation formed in one of the character’s minds....   [tags: socialism, norms, law]

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Raskolnikov's Crimes

- In every age we live, there is a constant struggle between finding a cure to our neurosis with the advent of urbanization and finding qualities in nature that supersede our abilities in enhancing modern man. With that kind of chaos come various forms of behaviors and actions, most of which stem to arguments of good versus evil. Dostoevsky insists that men have the choice between good and evil every moment of their lives; no matter the circumstance, they have the choice between moral and immoral....   [tags: Literary Analysis Crime Punishment]

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Raskolnikov's Desire for Isolation in Crime and Punishment

- From the very first page of Crime and Punishment, there is an air of isolation. The novel opens to Raskolnikov leaving his apartment. While on his way out, he is in hopes of not meeting his landlady, who may demand payment for his long overdue rent. From here, it becomes evident early on that Raskolnikov does not truly wish to be in the company of others. He isolates himself from society. This is shown in Part II, Chapter II when Raskolnikov seeks out his friend, Razumikin. He goes to Razumikin’s apartment for no clear, apparent reason....   [tags: Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Literary Analysis]

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Crime and Punishment: Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov

- Throughout the novel of Crime and Punishment, and any work of fiction at that, the characters exhibit specific personality traits that dictate their make-ups, social interactions and behaviors. These characterizations control the overall development of the story. Characters’ personalities play a vital role in analyzing and understanding character development as well as underlying themes, especially in the novel at hand. Specifically, the central character Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov illustrates the conflict between good and evil in one’s personality....   [tags: conflict, egoism and self-absorption]

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Raskolnikov’s Theory of Extraordinary Men

- According to Raskolnikov’s theory in Fyodor Dostoevsky’s “Crime and Punishment”,there are two types of people that coexist in the world; the “Extraordinary” and the “Ordinary”. The ordinary men can be defined as “Men that have to live in submission, have no right to transgress the law, because they are ordinary.”(248). To the contrary “extraordinary” men are “Men that have a right to commit any crime and to transgress the law in any way , just because they are extraordinary”(248).  Dostoevsky’s theory is evident through the characters of his novel....   [tags: ordinary man, crime and punishment]

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The Renewal of Raskolnikov in Crime and Punishment

- The Renewal of Raskolnikov in Crime and Punishment Raskolnikov, in Dostoevsky's novel Crime and Punishment, is a complex character difficult to understand. He believes himself superior to the rest of humanity, and therefore he believes he has the right to commit murder. After he kills Alena Ivanovna, an old pawnbroker, Raskolnikov discovers his supposed superiority has cut him off from other people. He exists in a self-created alienation from the world around him. Raskolnikov mearly drifts through life, unable to participate in it anymore....   [tags: Crime Punishment Essays]

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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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Crime and Punishment: Raskolnikov's Room

-      Dostoevsky's 1865 novel Crime and Punishment is the story of an expelled university student's murder of an old pawnbroker and her sister. The idealistic ex-student, Raskolnikov, is ultimately unable to live up to his own nihilistic theory of what makes a "Great Man" and, overcome by fits of morality, betrays himself to the police. Exiled to Siberia, suffering redeems the unfortunate young dreamer. Crime and Punishment is similar in many ways to Balzac's Pere Goriot, especially in respect to questions of morality....   [tags: Crime Punishment Essays]

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Crime and Punishment and Raskolnikov's article, On Crime

- Crime and Punishment and Raskolnikov's article, "On Crime" Raskolnikov's article, "On Crime," is vital to the understanding of his beliefs. This article also has a profound effect on Crime and Punishment as a whole, the subject matter being one of the main themes of the novel. The idea of the "extraordinary man" is referred to literally throughout the book, but also notable is the subconscious effect the idea has on Raskolnikov. Sometimes Raskolnikov is not even aware of this influence. It is important to note originality, or the ability to "utter a new word," as a defining characteristic of the extraordinary man....   [tags: Crime Punishment Essays]

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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]

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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]

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Crime and Punishment - My name is Raskolnikov

- Crime and Punishment - My name is Raskolnikov         It is obvious that Raskolnikov did not kill Alyona. Nikolai did. He confessed, didn't he. Sure, sure, I know what you're saying: Raskolnikov confessed too. But it is obvious that his confession was not a true confession. Raskolnikov had seen Nikolai's true confession, and was so moved that he decided he'd like to try confessing too. And one must not overlook the Christ symbolism in the novel. Raskolnikov is the obvious Christ-figure; he's poor, he's generous, he's schizophrenic....   [tags: Dostoevsky Crime and Punishment]

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Comparison of Raskolnikov and Svidrigailov in Crime and Punishment

- Comparison of Raskolnikov and Svidrigailov in Crime and Punishment In his book Crime and Punishment, Dostoevsky explores the paths of two men, Raskolnikov and Svidrigailov. These two men encompass many similar problems and obstacles throughout their lives. Both commit murders and are faced with the long and mentally excruciating journey of seeking redemption. They also share many characteristics of their personalities. The reason that the outcomes of their lives are so drastically different is due to the fact that they have completely different perspectives on life....   [tags: Crime and Punishment Dostoevsky Essays]

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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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Suffering Idealized

- Universally feared, pain and suffering are typically detested and avoided at all costs. Raskolnikov is humanized in Crime and Punishment due to his fear of suffering and avoidance of it. However, due to the social and economic ruin of Russia during the setting of the novel, many characters seek out suffering. Inspired by Christianity and the self-sacrifice of the Savior, people turn to the religion as a security blanket, which adds meaning to their existence. These characters not only welcome suffering, but also search for it and throw themselves into adversity....   [tags: Religion, Raskolnikov]

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Impact of Poverty on the lives of Raskolnikov, Gregor Samsa, and The Samsa Family

- Poverty on social conditions affects everyone in every part of the world, no matter if they are rich or poor. First of all, everyone is divided into some sort of social class. The most known classes are the economic classes- the lower class, the middle class, and the higher class. The lower class goes through arduous labor all day and night to earn decent amounts of money to provide for themselves and their families. Most likely, they are the only source of income for the entire family. The higher class works hard to keep up or raise their high social status....   [tags: Poverty ]

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Raskolnikov’s Theory in Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment

- Crime and Punishment novel is one of the greatest creations of Fyodor Dostoyevsky that had a huge influence on the future world literature. It is social, psychological, philosophical and ideological novel. The work was written by Dostoyevsky in a hard time for Russia when there were conflicts between political views, when new ideas were still weak and old ideas started to collapse. According to Boris Lichman, PD, a Russian historian, Russian society movement towards a capitalist system in the second half of XIX century led to the destruction of villages, peoples’ impoverishment, aggravation of social conflicts, and, consequently, to the increase of crimes (Lichman)....   [tags: Crime and Punishment Essays]

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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]

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Crime and Punishment - Raskolnikov's Extraordinary Man Theory

- Crime and Punishment -  Raskolnikov's Extraordinary Man Theory          In the novel, Crime and Punishment, the principle character, Raskolnikov, has unknowingly published a collection of his thoughts on crime and punishment via an article entitled "On Crime." Porfiry, who is trying to link Raskolnikov to a murder, has uncovered this article, read it, and tells Raskolnikov that he is very interested in learning about his ideas. Porfiry brings Raskolnikov into this conversation primarily to find out more about Raskolnikov's possible involvement in the crime....   [tags: Dostoevsky Crime and Punishment]

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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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The Motif of Poverty Throughout Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevsky

- ... 4.). Raskolnikov begins to alienate himself from his ex-colleague, Razumikhin, although at points it is Razumikhin who supports Raskolnikov the most. It forces Razumikhin to replace Raskolnikov in situations that should have been left to his authority. In a situation where Raskolnikov should have reassured Dounia and Pulcheria of their safety “he waved his hand weakly to Razumikhin to cut short the flow of warm and incoherent consolations he was addressing to his mother and sister” (Part 3. 1)....   [tags: pride, foil, alienation]

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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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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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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 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]

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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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Religion as Societal Conformity in Crime and Punishment

- The central theme of Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky deals with conformity’s role in society. Dostoyevsky uses conformity to make Raskolnikov mentally ill and eventually turn himself in to face the punishment for his crimes. Religion influences every character in the book, but none more ardently than Raskolnikov. Understanding religion’s role as a force for conformity in Crime and Punishment provides a powerful insight into character motives and, furthermore, philosophical influences....   [tags: Crime and Punishment Essays]

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Friedrich Nietzsche and Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment

- Crime and Punishment, written by Fyodor Dostoyevsky in 1866, is a political novel about a poor former student, by the name of Raskolnikov, who murders a pawnbroker in an attempt to fulfill his own theory that if a man is truly extraordinary, then crime bears no meaning for him; therefore nothing he does is a crime, and he is exempt from morality. However, under the law, no one is exempt from punishment if they have committed a crime, and Raskolnikov is punished for his. Though Raskolnikov is physically punished for his crime, he did not truly suffer because he believes that murdering the pawnbroker was not a crime, but a benefit to humanity, and does not suffer the moral consequ...   [tags: Fyodor Dostoyevsky]

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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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The Anchor of Conscience

- The Anchor of Conscience Without moral confines, would humanity be an anarchistic maelström of suffering or would it be at the pinnacle of accomplishment. In his novel, Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky explores many complex themes, but the concept of guilt and its weight on every day action and consequence is one that stands eminent in the goals of his work. Set in 19th century St. Petersburg, Russia, the same haunt Dostoyevsky spent most of his life inhabiting, the novel’s protagonist Raskolnikov braves the line between man and God, and takes the life of a venal and niggardly pawnbroker....   [tags: Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment]

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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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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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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

- 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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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]

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Spread The Word

- God exists. Although this opinion remains debatable to say the least, Dostoevsky needed to show that he thought of it as an absolute fact. Dostoevsky had converted from atheism before writing Crime and Punishment. While his previous work had shown Dostoevsky as a believer in the new philosophies of the time, Crime and Punishment has various religious influences and takes a stand against these philosophies, such as Nihilism. These religious influences show up often in Crime and Punishment in the form of inexplicable occurrences that stand out from the realistic aspects of the book....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Fate in Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

- Throughout history, people have relied on fate as the reason for their misfortune. Whether they let it decide their actions or run their life, fate has been the excuse for many to make bad decisions. In Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Raskolnikov blames the majority of his crime on the instances of fate leading up to the murder of Alyona Ivanovna. Through Raskolnikov’s reliance on fate, readers are able to see Dostoyevsky’s negative stance on the concept of fate. Dostoyevsky does not approve of the use of fate as the determining factor for any logical decision....   [tags: decisions, murder, judgment]

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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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The Rejection of Svidrigailov in Crime and Punishment

- The Rejection of Svidrigailov in Crime and Punishment Crime and Punishment Raskolnikov would reject Svidrigailov because he knows that this man has designs against his sister. Dounia has been his main concern for the past couple chapters-he hounds Svidrigailov not because he enjoys his company, but he worries endlessly about his intentions. Svidrigailov and Raskolnikov at the bar engage in a conversation about Dounia and the interactions of her and he at the house of Marfa Petrovna....   [tags: Dostoevsky Crime and Punishment]

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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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Reason for the Weak

- The concept of blind faith is often difficult for rational people to comprehend. Rational people believe that every aspect of life must be able to be explained with logic. However, rationalism and faith often come in conflict with each other, creating an exceptional strife in the minds of those unable to accept that which cannot be viewed. In such divergence, the concept of nihilism is often planted into the mind of those who are incapable of acknowledging human nature and the spiritual and natural laws of life....   [tags: Informative, Blind Faith, God]

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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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Importance of St. Petersburg in Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment

- Importance of St. Petersburg in Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment explores the dangerous effects of St. Petersburg, a malignant city, on the psyche of the impoverished student Raskolnikov. In this novel, Petersburg is more than just a backdrop. The city plays a central role in the development of the characters and the actions that they take. Raskolnikov survives in one of the cramped, dark spaces that are characteristic of Petersburg. These spaces are like coffins; they suffocate Raskolnikov's mind....   [tags: Crime Punishment Essays]

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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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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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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, ]

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What is Popular is Not Always Right

- A virulent plague cascaded over the entire student body, engulfing their minds to the point where there was no sense of logic left in their noggins. This viral pandemic festered in the homes of nearly the entire populace, and by now it was unstoppable. Caressing the feet of many, the atrocious shoe brand “Crocs" took its toll and won the admiration of the ignorant. Little did these children know about the nasty cases of foot fungus it would cause. Yet, a boy by the name of Cornelius would be darned to allow this obnoxious trend get the best of him, for he too was once a victim....   [tags: Sociology ]

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Crime and Punishment: Avoiding Punishment is Futile

- Avoiding punishment is futile. Whether in the form of proper trials or through guilt, every person will come face to face with the consequences of their actions. Avoiding suffering only causes it to intensify. This is mainly demonstrated through Svidrigailov and Raskolnikov in the end of Crime and Punishment. Both men had been eluding their various torments and they realize the vanity of their avoidance after receiving crushing mental blows. Raskolnikov and Svidrigailov realize that the time has come to recognize suffering and responsibility for previous actions....   [tags: Crime and Punishment Essays]

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Crime and Punishment as a Polyphonic Novel

- The term 'polyphony' was introduced into literary theory by Mikhail Bakhtin in his Ïðîáëåìû ïîýòèêè Äîñòîåâñêîãî. The polyphonic novel is dialogic rather than monologic; this means that multiple voices can be heard, and each voice represents an alternative version of 'the truth'. (NB. The use of dialogue as a formal device does not make a novel polyphonic in the Bakhtinian sense; genuine polyphony entails a sense of ambivalence, a situation where the different voices compete with one another and represent alternative viewpoints between which the reader cannot make a straightforward choice.) In Crime and Punishment, Raskolnikov is the main focalizer: his point of view is adopted by the thi...   [tags: Crime Punishment Essays]

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The Protagonist and Antagonist of Crime and Punishment

- The Protagonist and Antagonist of Crime and Punishment         Crime and Punishment is considered by many to be the first of Fyodor Dostoevsky's great books.  Crime and Punishment is a psychological account of a crime.  The crime is double murder.  A book about such a broad subject can be made powerful and appealing to our intellectual interests if there is a link between the reader, the action, and the characters. Doestoevsky makes all these links at the right places.  The action takes place between the protagonists and the antagonists.  The protagonists include Dounia, the Marmeladovs, Sonia, Razumhin, Porfiry Petrovich, and Nastaya.  The antagonists of the story are...   [tags: Crime Punishment Essays]

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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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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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Moral Conflicts in Crime and Punishment

- Moral Conflicts in Fydor Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment   Crime and Punishment by Fydor Dostoyevsky has been hailed as the greatest literary work in the Western hemisphere. Crime and Punishment was written in pre-Communist Russia under the Tsar. Dostoyevsky's writing shows insight into the human mind that is at once frightening and frighteningly real. His main character, around who all other characters are introduced, is Rodion Romanovitch Raskolnikov. Raskolnikov murders an old pawnbroker woman for seemingly no reason at all....   [tags: Crime Punishment Essays]

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Decisions of the Conscience in Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevsky and Huckleberry Finn by Twain

- ... An evidence of Raskolnikov's mental incapability to handle the thought of the crime and what may come of it, displays itself before the crime. Raskolnikov thinks about the crime he plans to commit. Raskolnikov says, “ Why am I going there now. Am I capable of that. Is that serious?” (Dostoevsky ) The last two phrases Raskolnikov mentions the crime referring to it as “that;” with the questions he is asking it is apparent that he fights with his conscience over his capability to do such a thing....   [tags: decisions, guilt, slavery]

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Analysis of Self-Sacrifice in Part One, Chapter III – IV

- Crime and Punishment, written by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, establishes his motifs through the use of. This novel reinstates the motif of self-sacrifice into different characters that interact with the main character, Raskolnikov. Although the largest case of self-sacrifice lies in the character of Sonya which is not thoroughly discussed in Chapter III and IV of Part One, pages 35 to 64 contributes the largest variety of self-sacrifice that is found within Crime and Punishment. Here, self-sacrifice comes in three different forms: the sacrifice of ones own body, the sacrifice of someone you love, and the sacrifice for someone you love....   [tags: Classic Literature]

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Scientific Materalism v. Crime and Punishment

- Author of Crime and Punishment, Feodor Dostoevsky, uses the text to subtly exhibit factors which aid in disproving the idea of scientific materialism. He aims to prove that there must be another explanation for our complexities, unlike the opposing one in which everything is believed to be made or conducted by matter. Regardless of extensive scientific experimentation, there are still many aspects of the human mind and body that remain unclear. Crime and Punishment relays some extreme qualities possessed by humans which are argued by many to be valid proof of our creation by a higher power....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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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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Visions of Hell in the Final Decades of Russia

- Visions of Hell in the Final Decades of Russia In the final decades of Russia, Dostoevsky saw what he believed to be the seeds of the unraveling of Russian society. He feared and resented the growing waves of people he believed to be young, rebel intellectuals who were smitten by materialism and selfish philosophies, but cared little for their fellow man. Convinced that a complete disassociation from others would be the ultimate undoing of humankind, Dostoevsky set out to write a tale in "Crime and Punishment" that would put out the errors of this "me first" ideology....   [tags: Papers]

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Crime and Punishment Quotes

- 1. “…all is in a man's hands and he lets it all slip from cowardice, that's an axiom. It would be interesting to know what it is men are most afraid of.” –Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov By saying this Raskolnikov suggests that men are capable of doing whatever they wish, and the only thing that holds them back are their fears. Because of this Raskolnikov wonders what man’s greatest fear is, and with that comes the one thing that no man is capable of doing. 2. “…for though Pyotr Petrovitch has been so kind as to undertake part of the expenses of the journey, that is to say, he has taken upon himself the conveyance of our bags and big trunks.” -Pulcheria Alexandrovna Raskolnikov This...   [tags: essays research papers]

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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]

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Comparing The Holy Bible and Crime and Punishment

- The Bible and Crime and Punishment Dosteovsky's novel Crime and Punishment depicts the Biblical account of Jesus' path to crucifixion burdened with a wooden cross through the character of Raskolnikov. After committing a cold-blooded murder he experiences mental anguish, and in a defeated state, confesses, and accepts the consequences of his crime. Although the novel begins by focusing on the crime itself, the majority of the book discusses Raskolnikov's struggle through denial and redemption after the murder has been committed....   [tags: comparison compare contrast 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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Death and Freedom in Sorrows of a Young Werther and Crime and Punishment

- Death and Freedom in Sorrows of a Young Werther and Crime and Punishment The relationship between death and freedom is a common thread throughout Sorrows of a Young Werther by Goethe and Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky. The relationship illustrated in both works is that one cannot achieve true freedom until they are dead. Until death, Werther and Raskolnikov will always feel the restrictions that society places upon them. Werther feels restricted due to the unrequited love of Lotte and Raskolnikov feels restricted by the moral code that society establishes....   [tags: Goethe Dostoevsky Death Freedom Literature Essays]

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The Illustration of Themes and Concepts: The Counterbalance of Suffering and Punishment

- When someone goes through topsy-turvy of life, he gets caught in the cobweb of the conflict between and self and the outer world, and so falters in distinguishing between the true and false decisions of life. These complications often lead to violence and crime. Nonetheless, it is believed that most of the criminal brains differ from a normal person’s brain in size, which consummates in their negative thinking. The study of neurology of a criminal mind has suggested that psychopaths are capable of showing sympathy to the people they are willing to show (Griffiths, 2013)....   [tags: criminal, brains, factors, crime, conflicts]

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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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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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Psychology Behind Murderers

- A murderer is defined as someone who has committed the crime of taking the life of an individua.l Murderers are usually triggered by an event and are harder to profile, as murders aren’t likely to commit the crime more than once. A serial killer; however, is someone who kills more than three times within a relatively short interval of time and are more easily identified through their similar characteristics. Although, murderers may not have committed the crime more than once does not mean that they don’t have a similar general characteristics....   [tags: narcissisim,isolation,serial killer, crime]

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Guilt in Crime and Punishment

- Guilt in Crime and Punishment   In Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky tells a story of a young man that has been forced out of his studies at a university, by poverty. In these circumstances, he develops his theory of an extraordinary man (Frank 62). This conjecture is composed of the ideas that all great men must climb over obstacles in their way to reach their highest potential and benefit human kind. In Raskolnikov's life, the great obstacle is his lack of money, and the way to get over this obstacle is to kill a pawnbroker that he knows....   [tags: Crime Punishment Essays]

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Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment

- In Crime and Punishment, Raskolnikov concocts a theory: All men are divided into ‘ordinary’ and ‘extraordinary’. The extraordinary man should have the right to eliminate a few people in order to make his idea known to all humanity; however, the ordinary man has no right to transgress the law. Because he believes this theory is an idea that must be known to all humanity, he considers himself extraordinary; however, there is a legion of events that prove that Raskolnikov is not extraordinary....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Egoism in Crime and Punishment

- Egoism in Crime and Punishment An egocentric attitude can be seen in Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment. Dostoyevsky's young Raskolnikov is staggeringly arrogant. Raskolnikov commits a murder and a failed robbery in the story. His journey in overcoming his ego can be seen through his initial crime, denial of failure, and acceptance of mistakes. Raskolnikov commits his initial crime out of arrogance. "The old hag is nothing.... I killed not a human being," he says. (245) Raskolnikov feels that he has justification for killing the pawn broker....   [tags: Crime 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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Mature Themes Explored in World Literature

- For senior year, the mature themes explored in World Literature seem very consistent, including depression, insanity, and of course, some sort of crime and punishment. However, there is relevance to these themes, and goes back to the old adage from George Santanaya saying that “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” These books this semester include some of humanities largest flaws, and delves into them to explain the reasoning behind them, and in the end, forewarns the of the actions of future generations if they are not educated....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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Seeking Atonement in Crime and Punishment

- Seeking Atonement in Crime and Punishment Raskolnikov, the protagonist of Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment was a complicated man who committed a crime. Raskolnikov murdered a woman who was a plague to mankind, especially the poor of Russia. In the chilling process however, he also murdered her younger sister, Lisaveta. To be purified, he drives himself through much agony. Not until the closing of the novel did he realize he must confess to be atoned and to find love. Consciously, Raskolnikov was averse to admitting his misdeed....   [tags: Crime Punishment Essays]

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Crime and Punishment

- Crime and Punishment In his book “Crime and Punishment”, Dostoevsky explores the path of Raskolnikov who has many problems and obstacles throughout his life. He commits murder and is faced with the long and mentally extremely painful journey of seeking redemption. Raskolnikov believes that by a law of nature men have been “somewhat arbitrarily” divided into two groups of “ordinary” and “extraordinary”. Raskolnikov believes that the duty of the ordinary group is to just exist, in order to form the world and the society....   [tags: English Literature 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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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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Crime and Punishment

- Crime and Punishment The main character of the novel Crime and Punishment by Feodor Dostoevsky, Raskolnikov, is in reality two totally contradicting personalities. One part of him is the intellectual. This part is cold and inhumane. It is this side 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 is the side of him that does charitable acts and fights out against the evil in his society....   [tags: essays papers]

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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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