Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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Raskolnikov is a good looking, proud, intelligent man who has been forced to abandon his studies due to his lack of funds. He lives in a small apartment and is forced to constantly avoid his landlady because he has been unable to pay his rent for quite some time. Raskolnikov begins to think about killing a pawnbroker for her money to bring himself and others out of their abject poverty. Raskolnikov goes to the woman’s house for a test run of the murder but feels sick after just thinking of the act. In one bar Raskolnikov speaks with a man who also lives in poverty. Everything in his household shows their economic strife. The man is an alcoholic and his daughter, Sonya, is forced to prostitute herself to provide for the family. Later, Raskolnikov goes into a bar where he overhears two men talking about the old pawnbroker. The men agree that the world would be better off without her continuing to take advantage of the poor. Overhearing this conversation makes Raskolnikov begin to think that the good he could do after the murder would make up for the act of killing. Raskolnikov steals an axe and heads to the old woman’s house. As the woman inspects an item that Raskolnikov intended to pawn he strikes her over the head with the axe, killing her. Raskolnikov moves to the bedroom to find money and valuable, but is startled when the pawnbroker’s sister comes into the apartment. Raskolnikov is forced to kill the pawnbroker’s sister to cover up his crime. As he is about to leave the
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