Crime And Punishment Essay

1923 WordsSep 13, 20118 Pages
Everything you do contributes to your own psychological make-up. Every decision you make creates a different path and each path leads to an alternate ending. While carving your road you also inevitably influence others’ lives too with the choices you make and actions you take. Raskolnikov effected most everyone he was associated with because he was incapable of dealing with his problem and facing the consequence on his own. The guilt he felt took a psychological toll on him because it altered his mindset and changed how he thought and felt about things. He knew right from wrong and knew that he would have to face the consequences eventually, but his thought process had been butchered due to the crimes he committed and he was unable to think clearly with the guilt eating away at him. With the title being Crime and Punishment one might assume it focuses on a crime and then a long drawn out punishment to fit the specific crime, but the author, Fyodor Dostoevsky, does the exact opposite. Dostoevsky introduces the crime in the beginning and then takes the majority of the plot to focus in on the psychological workings of a killer’s mind. Raskolnikov, from the eyes of a neurologist, would most likely be viewed as a “cold, calculating criminal” because he planned the murder of Alyona Ivanovna. Although he expressed empathy and regret and felt guilt for the crime he had committed, he did plan the murder beforehand which would categorize him as a calculating criminal. While he can be placed into this generalization Raskolnikov could also have lower levels of metabolic activity in his frontal brain regions which is what caused him to kill Lizaveta Ivanovna based off impulse. This type of criminal would feel guilt and blame after the fact because they don’t have the emotional control to stop and think about the consequences, they act on impulse and then come to a realization

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