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Similarities Between Prothemheus And Prometheus

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In Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment, published in 1866, there are many parallels seen between the Raskolnikov and the protagonist of Aeschylus’s Prometheus Bound. The many years Dostoyevsky spent with his family living on the grounds of an asylum gave him a glimpse of the human mind that he would have not received otherwise. With insight into the human brain, Dostoyevsky was able to create a character who thought and behaved with great complexity similar to the protagonists of Greek tragedies. The most striking similarity between Raskolnikov and specifically Prometheus was their love for and desire to better humanity. In Prometheus Bound, Prometheus had a connection with humanity that no other God had, and wanted to do all he could to give them a helping hand. He was even willing to harm Zeus for the better of humanity. Prometheus tricked the God of Gods into believing that humans should only have to sacrifice the fatty bones of animals and be allowed to eat and consume all other parts. Raskolnikov takes it a step further and killed Alonya swinging an axe at her “almost without effort”, (91). To him this killing was an effortless process because he believed that in killing her he was making to world an overall better place for other people. Both Prometheus and Raskolnikov commit these actions with complete disregard for themselves and the consequences that possibly lie ahead. For Raskolnikov these consequences began with the deterioration of his overall mental state
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