AP Literature and Composition
2 March 2012
“Crime and Punishment” Research Analysis
While reading the book Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky, one may wonder how to interpret the imagery and symbolism Dostoevsky described throughout the novel. Crime and Punishment is a fictional story whose purpose it was to serve as an example of the feeling of guilt. While reading one may notice the importance of time, it is invariably being told what time is – from the moment when Raskolnikov wakes up, when planning his murder of the pawnbroker and, the time it is when Svidrigailov plans to kill himself. This gives a feeling of some sort of order, but it is still difficult to follow. The different times, all through the novel is meant to intertwine and confuse the reader, with all the winding sequences of dreams, flashbacks, hallucinations, and moments of unconsciousness, it is deliberately bemusing coming from Raskolnikov whom is obsessed with time but ironically does not have a grasp on it. He begins losing time when he gets overly excited or dreaming; “Sometimes he fancied he had been lying there a month; at other times it all seemed part of the same day But of that – of that he had no recollection, and yet every minute he felt that he had forgotten something he ought to remember." (Dostoevsky 1730). Nonetheless, his perception of time does not differ too far from the actual time, knowing the time at the given moment Raskolnikov begins to drift away from time, not knowing where he has been and why. This again explains how critical his mental state is and how easily he could become distracted from the “real world”. Not only does he suffer from mental problems but also the source of the problem comes from within society itself, he has become alienated.
Furthermore, as Raskolnikov is describing the prison hospital one might think it as being negative. However, to him it is exhibited as a positive part of his life, even before he decides to turn...