Crime and Punishment Essay

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Perspective in Crime and Punishment In the novel Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Dostoyevsky suggests that the evolution of Raskolnikov’s perspective has immediate effects on his actions. One’s notions of morality fuel their decisions and actions. Raskolnikov is a young and intelligent man with a conflicting nature. His inner battle versus himself distorts his views on life. Raskolnikov is a paradox in the way that he can be warm and compassionate one second, and then cold and brooding the next. These emotions are not portions of who Raskolnikov is; there is no balance to his emotions, making him seem bi-polar. His desire to be something great, someone superior, a superman causes him to lose his sense morality and any beliefs he could have. Raskolnikov’s active mind questions what is right and what is wrong to the point where he does not believe in society’s traditional values and morality, embracing nihilistic views. The perspective of the young and intelligent Raskolnikov is one that continuously changes and affects his decisions. As an ex-student, Raskolnikov still maintains an active and questioning mind. Students are exposed to many ideas, a lot of them being existential; questioning and theorizing the nature of existence. Students put their stimulating thoughts and ideas to practice, and if they are curious enough, they will act upon them. When ideas are applied correctly, they can lead to creation, invention, and positive revolution. In society, the youth and education are “the future”, but in Raskolnikov’s case, there is a negative side to expressing one’s ideas, with his leading to the death of two women. Raskolnikov is a quiet and strange young man. He constantly thinks and hopes to be something greater than a student or teacher, something different, and considers this as his work while he is in his room. He thinks to the point where his

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