A Marxist View Of Crime And Punishment. Dostoevsky’S Crime

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A Marxist View of Crime and Punishment Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment demonstrates the hardships of exclusion from Russia’s society in the 1900’s. Raskolnikov loiters about the streets of Saint Petersburg while trying to make friends with people even though he will end up stabbing them in the back later on.. Crime and Punishment has a recurring Marxist theme where Raskolnikov becomes a proletarian leader driven by the famous idea of Nietzschean, ubermensch ideology. Although, in comparison to Nietzsche’s major philosophy of a Napoleonic will to rule, Dostoevsky reforms his characters with Christian forgiveness. This essay is showing the analyzation of Crime and Punishment as if it were a Marxist piece of literature that shows the…show more content…
An example of this is when her husband dies and she overspends on an exotic funeral even though her financial situation doesn’t necessarily allow for it at all.The idea comes from a risky made up lie to prove to other that she came from nobility, “[…she wanted to show] that she had been brought up ‘in a noble, one might even say aristocratic, colonel’s house,’ and was not at all prepared for sweeping the floor herself and washing the children’s rags at night”. Ivanovna’s current position shows the case of hopelessness that Raskolnikov is always being shown in Saint Petersburg. The sociopathic mental illness Ivanovna suffers from is pathetic. Her tries at becoming apart of the upper class falls apart when she gets in an argument with her landlord which shows everyone that she isn 't aristocratic at all. The lower class struggle of exclusion from the upper class is made even more real due to the lack of economic power and the desperate need to dictate social determinism. Furthermore, Ivanovna’s step daughter and Raskolnikov’s paradigmatic, savior Sonya, was forced to become a prostitute to support and sustain her family. Luzhin is the prime example of the marxist antagonist in Crime and Punishment. He is also the fiancé of Dunya who happens to be Raskolnikov’s sister. Luzhin’s lust for ultimate control and dominance is shown is his

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