Analysis Of Dostoevsky's Crime And Punishment

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In Dostoevsky's novel, Crime and Punishment, the character we follow throughout the story, Raskolnikov, is faced with a plethora of internal problems and struggles. The crime he commits in order to prove his own theory, proves to be more deadly than the actual murder. We go along on Raskolnikov's long journey to realize what he did was wrong and a mistake. Alienation, self-misery and guilt all lead Raskolnikov to the end of his journey where he finally confesses. These are all examples of how the psychological punishment he endured was far worse than any physical pain that could have be inflicted on him. Raskolnikov's natural instinct when in trouble is to isolate himself from the problem. Even before the murder, when he owed the landlady…show more content…
He feels guilt just minutes after committing the crime when he must go to the police station and in his head all he can think about is how he believes he is going to confess. This shows weakness in his mental capability and begins the internal suffering. From that moment on he struggles with each little event that happens. For example, prior to Marmeladov's death, Raskolnikov got to a point of almost no return. The suffering and guilt got so bad, he was having thoughts of suicide. Once Marmeladov passed away, the suffering inside of Raskolnikov found it as an opportunity to make himself an extraordinary man again since a man like himself should not be feeling so down. Next, he gave money to his family in order to relieve himself of some of the feelings built up inside of him, an act to make him a good man again. He did not have an excess of money at the time so clearly this was not a decision made out of sound mind. The quote "He had to tell her who had killed Lizaveta. He knew the terrible suffering it would be to him and, as it were, brushed away the thought of it." (Part 5 Chapter 4) Shows the suffering was getting so bad that Raskolnikov felt he had to tell someone. He knew that he would suffer by letting his secret out, but the suffering of not telling someone seemed to be getting to him even
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