Review Of ' Crime And Punishment '

824 WordsDec 9, 20164 Pages
In Crime and Punishment, Raskolnikov is depicted as “crushed by poverty, but the anxieties of his position had of late ceased to weigh upon him” (Dostoyevsky 3). During 1861, the Emancipation Reform had recently taken place. The economy was suffering and the need for money became crucial. The protagonist of the novel, Raskolnikov, struggles to earn money, which associates with his behavior. Fyodor Dostoyevsky, the author of the novel, considers Raskolnikov a divided character with different opinions. Raskolnikov displays characteristics of being delusional, self-centered, and confused, which makes his character intriguing. Throughout the course of Part One, Raskolnikov has become delusional which contributes to his insanity. Over a course of time, he lost his ability to think and function on a normal basis. In addition, Raskolnikov lost his ability to control himself and has become impulsive. After the murder of the Pawnbroker and her sister, Lizaveta, Raskolnikov evolves into paranoia. His thoughts have become irrational and erratic. Raskolnikov has a conversation with himself where he mentions “[h]e suddenly began to imagine that the old woman is still alive and might actually come to. Abandoning keys and bureau, he ran back to the body, seized the ax and lifted it once more over the old woman…” (75). In this brief action, Raskolnikov is delusional determining whether the Pawnbroker is dead or not. He perceives that the old woman was dead from the beginning as he

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