Essay on Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment

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Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment

Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novel “Crime and Punishment” brings the reader a glimpse into the mind of a criminal, tormented by the guilt of murder. Dostoevsky’s focal point of the novel does not lie within the crime nor the punishment but everything in between.
Dostoevsky also vividly depicts the life and conditions of poverty within the confines of St. Petersburg. Dostoevsky uses a unique and descriptive diction which takes the reader’s perspective and puts them in the mind of the murderer – Raskolnikov.

Raskolnikov “…pulled the axe quite out, swung it with both arms, scarcely conscious of himself, and almost without effort, almost mechanically, brought the blunt side down on her head.” In this
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Another scene of violence involves love and one man’s desperate chase after an engaged woman. Svidrigailov, whom has fallen for Dounia, the sister of Raskolnikov is a wealthy employer of Dounia. His obsession over Dounia is evident in his offer of money to Dounia and Raskolnikov. Svidrigailov also claims Dounia’s fiancée, Luzhin, as unworthy of Dounia and wishes Dounia to cancel the engagement with Luzhin. As Dounia and nearly every character in the novel is profoundly poor, rejecting such a tempting offer from Svidrigailov displays courage from Raskolnikov and Dounia. Poverty also allows Characters such as Dounia and Raskolnikov to commit self sacrifice to do what is moral and right. Dounia shows her hatred of Svidrigialov by threatening to shoot him with a revolver as she “…raised the revolver, and deadly pale, gazed at him, measuring the distance and awaiting the first movement on his part.”(458) Dostoevsky perfectly describes Dounia to the readers as she is about to shoot Svidrigailov, when her “…lower lip was white and quivering and her big black eyes flashed like fire.”(458) Dostoevsky also mentioned the feeling in Svidrigailov’s mind when he saw the revolver pointed at him and he looked at Dounia and thought “He had never seen her so handsome. The fire glowing in her eyes at the moment she raised the revolver seemed to
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