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by Fyodor Dostoevsky

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What was Dostoevsky's purpose in writing Crime and Punishment?

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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, and not to falter--this is what life is, herein lies its task.

This letter came in the wake of Dostovesky's own personal stay of execution, after a staged one created a terrifying experience that caused insanity in a few of the would-be condemned. This terrifying situation convinced Dostovesky to communicate to others that man possessed the power to "...turn each moment into an eternity of happiness." With this newly-found attitude towards life, Dostoevsky prepared himself to face his sentence in Siberia with a spiritual strength and a positive vision of the future.

In his magnum opus, Crime and Punishment , the great Dostovesky...

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