Crime and Punishment Theme Analysis

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Crime and Punishment Theme Analysis Essay There are many themes in Crime and Punishment such as Love, Violence and the idea of the Superman. I believe that the central theme of Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky, is humans finding salvation through suffering because not only does it relate to every character in the book, but it also is a catalyst for other themes such as poverty and love. The first reason I think that this is the theme is because aall of the characters in this book suffers from some sort of internal or external suffering. For example the main character Raskolnikov must grow and realize this to overcome his conflicts and reach the salvation of peace within. Dostoevsky’s concentration and focus is on why suffering must exist and how this suffering can be overcome. This can be proven throughout the six sections of the novel. Only one section is focused on the crime, which is the start of Raskolnikov’s suffering, and the remaining five sections are focused on Raskolnikov’s journey to overcoming his suffering, this suffering is his internal punishment. By focusing on punishment, both internal and external, various conflicts happen within the work of literature to show Raskolnikov’s own attitude of his journey toward salvation. Raskolnikov’s justifies his actions with his extraordinary man theory; this theory proposes that certain people have a perfect right to commit crimes, and they are not confided by human laws. To prove that he was an extraordinary man, he murdered Ivanovna, and since the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, he believed that he wouldn’t feel regret or guilt. Raskolnikov killed Alyona because he believed that she represented the evil in society, and he believed he was doing the world a favor. Raskolnikov over hears a student talking of how one crime could be wiped out by thousands of good deeds. These comments
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