Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

1025 Words Feb 17th, 2018 4 Pages
The story is very powerful in that it goes beyond the book and into the lives of the audience; making the audience feel some type of relation between themselves and the story. Dostoevsky was brilliant in creating a fictional world where the characters seem to be found within the audience, transitioning from a fictional story to a self-help book. He employes many life lessons in the story, which give the audience a new perspective on themselves. In the book Crime and Punishment, I personally, see myself as Raskolnikov. I feel that his view of the world is similar to mine in that we both are somewhat disgusted by our fellow man, and that we have little faith in humanity. We are also similar in that we both feel as if we are alienated from society in a way. I think that the book has given me an extensive understanding about myself, in that I now realize that it is unhealthy to be prideful because you end up exploding with pent-up emotions. Raskolnikov has shown me that although we are set in our ways, there is always room to change for the better. If I could meet Dostoevsky I would ask him what his inspiration for Crime and Punishment was. Sometimes I wonder if the novel was written to give us insight to how Dostoevsky felt about the world. Maybe he is using the character Raskolnikov to portray a part of him who feels alienated from the world, and is torn apart…
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