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Crime and Punishment

Like all good literature which stands the test of time, Crime and Punishment is a reflection of human nature and it is true today as it was when it was written because the essential nature of man...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2012 7:03 pm UTC

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The novel is centrally concerned with Raskolnikov's crime of murder: the long buildup to it, the murder itself, and the aftermath. Raskolnikov kills Alonya—a miserly and horrible old woman—and...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2018 5:29 pm UTC

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Crime and Punishment, as N. N. Stvakhov, a contemporary of Dostovesky's has noted, is a "lament over the manner in which Russian youths were "victims of nihilistic ideas." From this lament,...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2011 3:14 pm UTC

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Luzhin, Dunya’s wealthy fiancé, has a unique relationship to Raskolnikov (Rodya). Unlike Rodya’s more apparent foils (Razumikhin portraying his “good” side and Svidrigailov portraying his “bad”...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2016 5:19 pm UTC

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The use of water in this novel and thus its symbolism--if you can ferret it out--is not simple. On the contrary, it is complex. Water is used for washing dishes, faces, clothes. It flows under the...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2012 4:02 am UTC

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There is little to add to the post directly before this response as it is most comprehensive and thoughtful. However, within the context of the psychological theme please consider, too, the role...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2010 6:45 am UTC

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Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky is the story of a young man who decides to kill a pawnbroker in order to take her money and ends up killing her sister as well. He then suffers guilt over...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2017 3:10 pm UTC

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Most of the action in Crime and Punishment takes place in St. Petersburg, at that time the capital city of Russia. The city had been founded by Tsar Peter the Great with the express intention of...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2018 9:49 am UTC

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One could argue that Raskolnikov is only ever fully redeemed when he starts to be accepted by his fellow inmates in the prison camp, who'd previously regarded him with suspicion and distrust. They...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2018 6:54 am UTC

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Water is a recurrent symbol in the novel as a purifying element. This is seen when Raskolnikov goes back to his room and gets all of the stolen goods he has hidden. He plans to throw it all into...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2007 5:13 am UTC

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The setting of Dostoevsky's novel is the capital city of Russia in the 1860s. After the serfs were freed, many came to the city in search of work. They lived in squalid, confining conditions in an...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2013 7:33 pm UTC

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Diction is defined relating to four parts: (1) vocabulary, (2) author style and narrator tone, (3) abstraction, (4) formality. (1) Vocabulary: Author choice among various options. For instance, to...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2012 5:16 pm UTC

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The intellectual who feels himself superior to social mores, Raskolnikov commits what he believes is the perfect crime. However, he does not reckon on his conscience which leads him to a certain...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2012 9:54 am UTC

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You might want to consider the way that Porfiry Petrovich is used to comment upon the theme of guilt in Part IV, Chapter V when he talks to Raskolnikov whilst he goes to Porfiry's office to reclaim...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2011 9:01 pm UTC

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The character of Razumikhin also acts as a foil to Raskolnikov. Indeed, Crime and Punishment is replete with foils for the story's protagonist. Razumikhin's name comes from the Russian word for...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2018 7:18 pm UTC

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Raskolnikov’s promise to marry his landlady’s daughter, Natalya Yegorovna, is significant because it speaks to his desperation and poverty. It doesn’t appear as if Raskolnikov sought to wed Natalya...

Latest answer posted December 22, 2020 3:07 pm UTC

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Fyodor Dostoyevsky was clearly no fan of the color yellow. Throughout Crime and Punishment, the late Russian author associates this particular color with negative imagery. In the novel’s early...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2016 4:25 am UTC

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Tragic realism is a literary device that symbiotically blends the characteristics of a literary tragedy with those of a realist style, tone, or perspective. A literary work is considered a tragedy...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2019 7:24 pm UTC

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In a letter to his brother in December of 1849, Fyodor Dostovesky wrote, To be a human being among human beings, and remain one forever, no matter what misfortunes befall, not to become depressed,...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2014 12:31 am UTC

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This novel is anti-social through the key theme of alienation, which is summed up in the character of Raskolnikov and his actions. Note how he himself is separated from society at the very...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2013 5:06 am UTC

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Raskolnikov, an intense and deeply confused young man, represents in microcosm the paradoxes of the urban liberal society then just starting to take shape in Imperial Russia. On the one hand,...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2019 10:42 am UTC

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Realism began in the 19th century during the Victorian era as a reaction to the sentimentality of Romanticism. Realism was dedicated to expressing detailed passages of accurate observation without...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2012 11:50 pm UTC

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While I am all about examining literature for symbols and their meanings, I'm not sure everything we read in every novel has to have some deep, hidden meaning. As an English teacher, I have heard...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2012 7:13 pm UTC

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What is fascinating about this psychological study of a murderer and the way that he is haunted by his actions is the way that Raskolnikov deliberately flirts with confessing and danger, choosing...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2011 8:08 pm UTC

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Connotation is very different from symbolism, yet, connotation may at times be used in constructing symbolism. Both connotation and symbolism are identified as components of diction. Connotation...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2012 9:59 pm UTC

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Here's the passage from the novel in question; as you can see, the characters never mention a specific psychologist's name: "Excuse me, excuse me; of course it would be rather difficult for...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2016 10:40 pm UTC

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As the previous answer provides a good overview of both characters, this answer will focus primarily on Raskolnikov. The very name “Raskolnikov” comes from the Russian root “raskol,” meaning...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2016 7:30 pm UTC

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There is plenty of evidence in Crime and Punishment that Raskolnikov's sense of his own superiority, both moral and intellectual, prevents him from repenting. He receives a comparatively light...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2020 6:13 pm UTC

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You've chosen a very interesting motif, and you're right, there are many examples throughout the novel of this motif. In fact, we have a bridge appear in the very first sentence of the novel: "On...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2016 5:45 pm UTC

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The first symbol of religion to be introduced is the color yellow when Raskolnikov goes to the room of "the old woman": there hung flapping on her shoulders, a mangy fur cape, yellow with age. ......

Latest answer posted November 5, 2012 5:31 pm UTC

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Svidrigalov is deliberately presented in a very ambiguous way. Both Raskolnikov and the reader is never quite able to work out what his motives are and what really drives him. In his passion for...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2013 5:56 am UTC

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The title forces the reader first to think about what a crime actually is. Most would picture literal crimes such as Raskolnikov's murder of the pawnbroker. However, Dostoevsky forces his readers...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2009 4:09 am UTC

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I would argue that Crime and Punishment is a portrait of a madman. It is the story of Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov, who murders an elderly pawnbroker and her sister in cold blood with no real...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2020 11:42 am UTC

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This is a great question to consider, and you have picked two excellent texts to compare. If I were you, I would want to comment on the concept presented in both texts of the superman, or that...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2011 8:10 pm UTC

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Located upstairs in poor tenement buildings, both rooms are tiny, have yellow wallpaper, and are furnished similarly, with a sofa and small table in front and a few chairs. Rodya's room is...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2007 9:04 am UTC

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The fact that Crime and Punishment is set in a city has a significant impact on the action of the story and the meaning of the action. Roskolnikov hopes to prove that he is a man above other men....

Latest answer posted January 16, 2012 6:32 am UTC

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According to Freud, dreams are where our subconscious thoughts and desires truly express themselves. If we want to know who we really are, we should pay very close attention indeed to our dreams...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2013 3:38 pm UTC

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The pawnbroker is an unattrative and unpleasant woman who is perceived by him as being rude. He visits the pawnshop 1)to pawn his watch, and 2)to make plans for robbing the pawnshop. He knows she...

Latest answer posted September 5, 2009 9:28 am UTC

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To summarize, the novel Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky is about how the mechanism of a person’s conscience as well as their beliefs about morality, humanity, and God can affect their...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2017 8:20 am UTC

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In the novel Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky, a poverty-stricken young student named Raskolnikov decides to murder a pawnbroker and steal her money. He takes an axe to the pawnbroker's...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2020 6:46 pm UTC

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Raskolnikov justifies the murder of pawnbroker Alonya Ivanovna by saying she is an ugly and vile old woman who cheats people. He also believes she beats her sister. He can't seem to look at her...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2020 7:31 pm UTC

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Dostoevsky's novel Crime and Punishment is really just one man's story--Raskolnikov's. Every other character in the novel is somehow connected to him, including his sister Dounia. She is younger...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2012 7:37 pm UTC

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I think you have made yourself clear... Obviously, when you are doing this you need to be very careful with the way you word the final product so that you don't bias your respondents. Anyway,...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2010 11:10 pm UTC

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Sleep is an important device in "Crime and Punishment" by Dostoyevsky. The most important theme in the novel is guilt, and how it effects the human conscience. Raskolnikov's lack of sleep...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2008 4:55 am UTC

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Some cultures use a patronymic (a form of the father's name) as a child's middle or even last name. For instance, the Viking leader Leif Erikson was the son of a man named Erik, thus Erik's son....

Latest answer posted November 6, 2007 12:02 am UTC

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This is going to depend a great deal on where you live because laws of this sort are state laws. If you want to know for sure, you should try to Google "lewd and lascivious behavior" and the name...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2010 10:36 am UTC

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The murder of Alonya and Lizaveta forces the arrogant and intelligent protagonist, Raskolnikov, to face a terrible realization: either his ideal of the great man able to break from conventional...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2020 10:45 am UTC

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In chapter one, Dostoevsky uses a third-person omniscient narrator to achieve the dual purposes of helping the reader understand the characterization of Raskolnikov and the setting in which he...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2020 1:17 pm UTC

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As is well known, authors choose their titles very carefully. While, as we read the book, we think the title refers to Raskolnikov’s crimes, robbery and murder, and the physical punishment that...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2012 1:14 am UTC

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The setting of an ubran St. Petersburg contributes greatly to Dostoyevsky's work. The poverty that grips the city, also grips the characters in the work. Raskolnikov is poor, or of moderate...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2009 9:46 pm UTC

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