It Always Comes Back to Haunt You
Guilt, it is commonly known as that annoying feeling assumed when a truly awful and punish worthy act has been committed. A dictionary would say it is the fact or state of having committed an offense, crime, violation, or wrong, especially against moral or penal law; culpability. There are those people who have a very large conscience and feel guilty for even the smallest of wrong doings and then there are those people who have a superego and push guilt from their mind because they want to believe that whatever they have done is right and justified. The pressures of the 19th century Russian society wore on the people. It pushed them to one extreme or the other with its poverty and radical groups trying to progress to drastic political change. In the novel Crime and Punishment the protagonist, Raskolnikov, is definitely a type of person who has a superego, and he knows it. Raskolnikov tries to rationalize his murdering of the pawnbroker through reason and logic. He considered the old woman a plague to society and figured that by killing her he would be ridding all people of her burdensome decisions, thus doing the world a favor. But he would eventually come to regret his actions.
Initially, before killing the pawnbroker, Raskolnikov shows his conscience to be determined and set in stone. On the night before the murder he "slept unusually long and without
dreaming" (66). This description of Raskolnikov depicts that his mind is so clear and on track that he believes what he plans to do is right and justified and there is no other option. He justifies his plans for killing the old woman by saying that she is a negative influence on others. His resolution becomes predestined when he reflects on a conversation saying "This negligible tavern conversation had an extreme influence on him in the further development of the affair; as though there were indeed some predestination, some indication in it," (66). The idea and...