Crime and Punishment: A Great Literature for a Reason

Raskolnikov, a poor university student, believes that he is an extraordinary person and creates a theory that he can commit any crimes if they contribute justice and peac e to the society. To test his theory, he plans to murder an old pawnbroker and her sister who he believes they are the leeches on society. However, after the crime, Raskolnikov immediately becomes ill and becomes semi-conscious for few days. As soon as he recovers, Raskolnikov reads about his crime in all the newspapers of the last few days. He suddenly feels guilty but decides to keep it into himself which causes his gradual breakdown. His thoughts become increasingly disjointed and his actions show how he is desperate to avoid his convictions. Unable to bear the burden of his guilt, Raskolnikov decides to tell his crime to Sonia, his lover. After talking to Sonya, Raskolnikov walks to the police station and fully confesses that he is the murderer and sentenced to eight years of hard labor in Sibria.

Crime and Punishment: One of the Best Novels I have ever read

While I was reading Crime and Punishment, I realized that the entire atmosphere of the novel was gloomy. The language in the novel was sometimes overwhelming and awkward, which makes the readers challenging to comprehend. I thought that the plot was not that suspenseful as the most main events took place in the
beginning of the novel. Most of the stories were about how the main character agonizes over the crime. However one thing that I thought it was interesting were the characters conflicting emotions of guilt, fear, courage, and remorse. Dostoyevsky does not directly tell the readers what the characters are thinking. He describes the characters’ thought through their actions and makes the readers to assume. The author also describes mind of a murderer so realistically that it made me question how the author could penetrate the mind of a murderer so thoroughly. Furthermore, I liked how Dostoyevsky uses many diverse groups of characters with different characteristics such as talkative, good-hearted, gregarious, and insecure. Usage of many characters makes the readers feel that they know these characters because they’ve met people like them in their real life. Therefore, these characters give readers a better understanding of the way human beings are. At the end of the novel, it was nice to see how Dostoyevsky ended with a separate epilogue because I did not have to read more about the depressing life of a main character. This epilogue was interesting because instead of talking about what happened to the main character in Siberia, it talked about the issue of psychological redemption in people’s society Overall, Crime and Punishment is not an easy book to read. I felt ill and exhausted when I was reading this book because it was long and hard for me to understand. However, when I finished the book, I felt the sense of fulfillment.

Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky

Fyodor Mikhaiovich Dostoevsky was considered as one of the great spokesmen of Russia. In 1866, he published his first great novel, Crime and Punishment. After finishing his masterpiece novel, Dostoevsky married Anna Snitkin and went abroad, hoping to begin a new novel. The new novel he wrote aboard was called, The Idiot, which depicted a Christ-like figure, Prince Myshkin. Dostoevsky returned to Russia in 1879 and wrote The Brothers Karamazov, which today is considered a masterpiece of Western literature.

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