Morality In Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime And Punishment

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There are always at least two sides to every debate. Creation vs evolution, pro-life vs pro-choice, democrat vs republican, and pro-death penalty vs anti-death penalty are just a few of the topics that most people try to avoid in polite conversation. Fyodor Dostoevsky 's, Crime and Punishment, also raises a debate, but not in the same sense that other topics do. At the end of the novel, Dostoevsky includes an Epilogue. This Epilogue, though less than twenty pages long, sparks a debate about whether or not it is necessary. Like other arguments, there are two sides to this debate. There are those that view the Epilogue as anti-climactic and believe that the novel would have been better off without it. On the other hand, there are those that feel…show more content…
Throughout the novel, readers follow the character of Raskolnikov. Every crime has to have a motive, and Raskolnikov 's crime is no different. His theory of ordinary vs. extraordinary people is part of the foundation in which Raskolnikov justifies the murder of the old pawnbroker. Despite confessing to the police, Raskolnikov does not seem to have remorse for murdering the old pawnbroker. It is not until the Epilogue that readers get to see how Raskolnikov is able to see the error in his ways. Without the Epilogue, Raskolnikov is stuck facing the punishment for his crime. The Epilogue allows readers to see that there is still hope for Raskolnikov, as well as for…show more content…
Raskolnikov 's belief in the theory begins to crumble as soon as he commits the crime, but he still clings to the belief that he did not commit a crime. " 'The old woman was a mistake perhaps, but she is not what matters! The old woman was only an illness…. I was in a hurry to overstep…I didn 't kill a human being, but a principle! I killed the principle, but I didn 't overstep, I stopped on this side…. I was only capable of that…. Principle? '" (Dostoevsky 274-275). Despite his failing belief in his ability to be extraordinary, Raskolnikov clings to the idea that he did not do wrong. He refuses to see the old pawnbroker as a human and keeps his same mindset. Even though he no longer believes in his theory, Raskolnikov still fails to see what he did as a crime. Raskolnikov retains this belief up through his first year and a half in Siberia. It is only then that he is able to see what

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