Crime And Punishment Essay

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In Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment, Raskolnikov, the protagonist, has a meeting with Svidrigaïlov for the first time. Raskolnikov is already aware that Svidrigaïlov is in love with his sister, Dounia, and the horrible way he treated her which makes him automatically dislike him. Svidrigaïlov starts talking about how much they have in common. “Wasn’t I right in saying we were birds of a feather?” (Dostoyevsky 229). Raskolnikov is repulsed by the idea of them being the same. While there are similarities there and also differences. In the beginning Raskolnikov has a theory of the extraordinary man. This theory states that an extraordinary man has the right to “over-step” the boundaries of those of the ordinary man in order to better society. He becomes obsessed with his theory and decides to try and prove it by killing this old pawnbroker that he says is cheating the poor. In order for this theory to work Raskolnikov would have to be an extraordinary man. After the murder he is consumed with the thought of what he’s done. This proves that he is not an extraordinary man because he feels remorse over what he’s done. He didn’t account for the human factor. Svidrigaïlov on the other hand, fits into Raskolnikov’s category of the extraordinary man. We find out that he has been involved in many deaths and crimes throughout his life time including: causing the death of one of his servants, causing the death of a def teenage girl, stilling the innocence of young girls, and the possible poisoning of his wife, but unlike Raskolnikov, he has no remorse over what he’s done. He “over-stepped” those boundaries and then moved right on with his life. He seems immune to the moral responsibilities of his actions. Although both of their crimes were done differently the ultimate motive was their own selfish purposes. Raskolnikov’s crime was done to try and prove that he was an

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