Crime and Punishment: Resurrection

Fyodor Dosteoevsky’s Crime and Punishment is a renowned 19th-century novel that has captivated audiences for generations. Part of the appeal for this classic text comes from the densely interwoven and constantly evolving thematic motifs and symbols. Arguably one of the most crucial episodes in the novel comes when Raskolnikov and Sonya discuss the existence or … Read moreCrime and Punishment: Resurrection

Superman is dead! Dostoyevsky’s View of the Ubermensch Theory

“The extraordinary…have the right to commit all kinds of crimes and to transgress the law in all kinds of ways, for the simple reason that they are extraordinary.” [1] Dostoyevsky’s main characters are divided into two philosophical categories. The first group maintains that man is not equal, but divided into two groups–the ordinary and the … Read moreSuperman is dead! Dostoyevsky’s View of the Ubermensch Theory

Deconstructing Madness in Crime and Punishment and Don Quixote

Madness and sanity seem to exist on opposite poles of a binary; one is defined by the absence of the other. However, this binary, though present in Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment and Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote, is problematic. The protagonists – who are meant to represent the mad extreme – straddle the line … Read moreDeconstructing Madness in Crime and Punishment and Don Quixote

Understanding Raskolnikov Through His Subconscious in Crime and Punishment

Dreams are considered a link to one’s unconscious, able to offer explanations that “… the dreamer could not invent for himself in his waking state,” (46). Sigmund Freud made revolutionary strides with the psychological implications of dreams in the late nineteenth century. But before Freud, Feodor Dostoevsky was using dreams as a powerful, psychological tool … Read moreUnderstanding Raskolnikov Through His Subconscious in Crime and Punishment

There Are No Small Parts, Only Small Actors

Anyone who has had any exposure to theatre has at least once heard the colloquialism, “there are no small parts, only small actors.” Some may mock this platitude, pointing out the fact that, of course there are small parts; most literary works contain several “bit parts.” But the root of this statement is true: no … Read moreThere Are No Small Parts, Only Small Actors

Sin and Salvation: A Spiritual Rebirth

Sin and Salvation: A Spiritual Rebirth Sin is an inextricable force that entangles an individual who has committed a crime; only through confession can a man be free of his sin. In Crime and Punishment Dostoevsky manifests the evil and goodness of Raskolnikov, depicting the need for him to change—the need for the confession of … Read moreSin and Salvation: A Spiritual Rebirth

The Morality of Murder: Dostoyevsky’s Complication of “the Trolley Problem”

When is one morally sanctioned to take another’s life? In Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s highly acclaimed philosophical detective story, Crime and Punishment, the author casts light on several important existential and metaphysical quandaries that are universally applicable to understanding the human condition. The story centers on the tale of “our hero” Raskolnikov’s premeditated murder of the old … Read moreThe Morality of Murder: Dostoyevsky’s Complication of “the Trolley Problem”

The Epilogue’s Necessity to a Christian Theme

Although Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment has a primarily social theme, it offers an interesting approach to the Christian interpretation of man. Through the self-destructive experiences of Raskolnikov, the reader is drawn to see the fallacy of human individualism when carried to the extreme. However, Dostoevsky also provides a hopeful message which teaches that through humility … Read moreThe Epilogue’s Necessity to a Christian Theme

Part Two Essay : Alienation of Raskolnikov

Crime and Punishment Part Two: Essay In Part Two of Crime and Punishment, the reader sees a continuation of many themes earlier presented, but in a new and more extreme environment. As Raskolnikov tries to remain clear of accusation, he continues to alienate himself from those who would love and help him, and hides his … Read morePart Two Essay : Alienation of Raskolnikov

Environmental Awareness in I[Crime and Punishment]

It can be said that a person’s disposition is determined by the condition of their living space, and it is no secret that environment greatly influences a person’s character. This idea is taken to the extreme in Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, a novel in which cramped apartments, hot stifling air, and overpopulated streets dictate … Read moreEnvironmental Awareness in I[Crime and Punishment]