Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky Essay

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Before the interactive oral, I noticed the numerous dreams and hallucinations in the novel Crime and Punishment, but I was not quite able to grasp the deeper meaning of some of the dreams and hallucinations. After this interactive oral, I see how important dreams are in this novel. They serve to illuminate the state of a character in a way that would not otherwise be clear.
During this interactive oral, it was pointed out that the dreams in this novel are very influential to a character’s state of mind and actions. We discussed the graphic dream in which Raskolnikov, as a child, watches a mare as it is beaten to death. This dream is interpreted by Raskolnikov as a cue to murder the old woman. The mare seems to be a parallel to the old
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Rather than benefitting society, Raskolnikov realizes that he was driven to do crazy things in his attempt to be an extraordinary man. In that realization, Raskolnikov is finally redeemed. This dream and the epilogue itself are very important because they offer final commentary on the extraordinary man theory.

Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment offers much social commentary. The novel is brimming with architectural imagery, including mentions of stairs and doors. Dostoevsky’s use of architectural imagery seems to comment on the morality of characters in the novel and in extension, the morality that exists within society, as well as the idea of an extraordinary man.
Morality is a characteristic that is important in an individual and furthermore is essential to a society. Dostoevsky explores the morality spectrum in his novel Crime and Punishment. One of the ways in which he addresses morality is through his descriptions of stairs. Stairs are either ascended or descended, just as an individual gains or loses morality. As characters are portrayed descending the stairs, they often seem to make poor choices or commit acts that indicate limited morals. In the beginning of the novel, the reader almost instantly gains a sense of Raskolnikov’s moral standards as he is portrayed sneaking down the stairs of his apartment building: “But to be stopped on the stairs, to be…