Crime and Punishment Essay

1132 WordsMay 26, 20095 Pages
A conception of oneself may never be perfect or correct, which causes the conception to become a misconception. Misconceptions are often seen negative, but what many do not understand is what is learned from the consequences of a misconception. From the works of Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment forms a story of a man not just committing a murder, but also centralizes the man acquiring an idea of himself that initially becomes his crime. Dostoevsky uses the point of view of Raskolnikov to depict the superhuman idea of his character that causes him to be isolated and drives him into the theme of his need of love to connect back to humanity. In the beginning of the novel, the reader is acknowledged with Raskolnikov’s thoughts of murdering the pawnbroker. Dostoevsky puts the reader into the mind of Raskolnikov revealing his concept of being “superhuman.” His thoughts of being superior over society and its laws reveals to the readers that Raskolnikov sees nothing wrong with the murder he plans to carry out. The reasoning behind his actions is shown through Raskolnikov’s point of view, proving that he wants to convince himself that his actions are indeed just. For example, when Raskolnikov encounters the student and officer’s conversation in a bar “he happened to hear just such a discussion and such ideas at the very moment when his own brain was just conceiving” (66). Raskolnikov sees this as “some guiding hint” to go along with his murderous plan (67). Raskolnikov feels he has to justify his actions in order to fulfill his attempt to establish the truth of his superiority as a superhuman. In contrast, the readers begin to observe a flaw in his “superhuman” idea when Raskolnikov’s mentality of guilt starts to spur out of control. Once again, Dostoevsky uses Raskolnikov’s point of view to set the reader in the mind of Raskolnikov. Through Raskolnikov’s

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