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Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment, included in the 71-volume Harvard Classics and Fiction Collection, is a renowned exploration of good and evil. Find it complete with a biographical note on Dostoyevsky as well as criticisms and interpretations of this classic work.
How is Crime and Punishment relevant today?
At first glance, Crime and Punishment may seem like a long, delirious trip through the psyche of a tormented murderer, but it’s so much more.
This classic takes an in-depth look at alienation from society:
- Dostoyevsky gives life to destructive experiences that tie with removing oneself from their own reality. He opens by exploring the superiority complex of the protagonist, Raskolnikov.
- When Raskolnikov takes the leap from citizen to criminal, his feelings of alienation intensify; Dostoyevsky provides raw insights, such as: “What was taking place in him was totally unfamiliar, new, sudden, never before experienced. Not that he understood it, but he sensed clearly, with all the power of sensation, that it was no longer possible for him to address these people.”
- The story continues and in the face of Raskolnikov’s alienation. He is led to the deconstruction of his pride, allowing him to finally care for the loved ones in his life.
Dostoyevsky built some of literature’s most enduring monuments on Christian foundations. Crime and Punishment will give you a clearer understanding of how the church has shaped the world:
- Dostoyevsky holds the firm belief in a soul. He experienced miserable events that penetrated his life, and he believed happiness was independent of faith. Crime and Punishment focuses on fact that people do indeed have souls, but they can easily be tormented through bad decisions and lapses in judgment.
- As Raskolnikov takes ownership of his murderous decision and confesses to Porfiry, he is reassured: “You must fulfill the demands of justice. I know that you don’t believe it, but indeed, life will bring you through. You will live it down in time. What you need now is fresh air, fresh air, fresh air!” Once justice is served, Raskolnikov’s soul can find redemption.
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