Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime And Punishment

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Crime and Punishment In Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoevsky’s main character is called Raskolnikov. The root of this name is “Raskol”, which means a split. Dostoevsky uses Raskolnikov’s multiple beliefs and splits of personality and Svidrigaïlov to show that through repentance, suffering, and the christian faith one is able to achieve redemption. Before committing his crime, Raskolnikov shows the reader his many beliefs. One of them and perhaps the most important one through the novel is his theory of the “ordinary” and “extraordinary men”. He explains his theory to Porfiry and Razumihin as such: “The second category all transgress the law; they are destroyers or disposed to destruction according to their capacities. The crimes of these men are of course relative and varied; for the most part they seek in very varied ways the destruction of the present for the sake of the better.” (pg. 207). For Raskolnikov, extraordinary men are the ones allowed to break the law because they are capable of living with the consequences of their crimes. Also he tells them, “An extraordinary man has the right … that is not an official right, but an inner right to decide in his own conscience to overstep … certain obstacle, and only in case it is essential for the practical fulfilment of his idea (sometimes, perhaps, of benefit to the whole humanity).” (pg. 206). An extraordinary man has the ability to decide for himself whether or not to act and most of the time this action comes to

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