He struggles with humiliation. His illness is the result of his wounded pride. Porfiry’s reasons for most of his methods he used was he saw the intellectual potential in Raskolnikov and wanted him to see that in himself. In the beginning of the book, Raskolnikov views himself as sort of a “Superman,” or above the moral rules of society or above what is socially acceptable. This viewpoint compels if not encourages him to separate from society or the established Russian social order.
In The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne uses the symbolism of the letter “A” and the Jail in the Puritan town to portray the theme of sin, and show how the puritans, despite their biggest beliefs and deepest desires for a utopian society, looked to seek out sin and punish it publically because they knew that ultimately sin was inevitable as it was human nature. The theme of sin is a reoccurring phenomenon throughout the book, and ultimately an integral part of the story’s plot and moral. The symbolism that the author conveys through the mentioning and description of the Jail in the center of the Puritan town clearly shows how immense the desire to punish sin, which the puritans realize is inevitable, really is. The letter “A” serves as a symbol that portrays the importance of seeking and labeling out sinners to the puritans in their society. The theme of sin, and its inevitability and punishment in the puritan society, is clearly conveyed by Hawthorne through the symbolism of the town Jail in The Scarlet Letter.
the Count of Monte Cristo slowly achieved justice through his own works by bringing Danglars, Fernand, Villefort and Caderousse to ruin but later on learned a valuable lesson that only God can punish the wicked and enjoyed the rest of his life with Haydee. The main goal of the character was to pursue revenge and bring forth vengeance unto everyone who was involved in the false accusation of Edmond’s said disloyalty. He was eager to set things right and for justice to be served. The hindrance of the Count of Monte Cristo in fulfilling his task was the risk of revealing his true identity of being Edmond Dantes. By affirming his true character, he can possibly be arrested again since he was still considered as a criminal to the law at a specific part of the book and not be able to fulfill his purpose.
Khaled Hosseini’s novel The Kite Runner is revolved around redemption. Redemption is receiving forgiveness for the commission of a sin, which Amir desired the most as his was unable to accept or escape the horrors he experienced as a child, his insides drip with guilt. Hosseini has displayed redemption through foreshadowing and flashbacks, repetition of theme and symbols. Foreshadowing plays a major role in The Kite Runner as it is constantly brought up throughout the text. Foreshadowing first occurs in the beginning of the text to hint a major event that is going to happen.
Both the novels, The Magus and Crime and Punishment feature different characters with very similar demeanors. Both of the stories deal with the question of freedom in ways which are not conventional with society. Instead of freedom as a pleasurable quality it is viewed as one which offers more burdens than benefits. The men who embody the definitions in these novels, Conchis and Porfiry, in the Magus and Crime and Punishment, respectively, play a significant part in determining the fates of the protagonists who take advantage of their “freedoms” in the crimes they commit, both major and minor. In the Magus, Nicholas, the protagonist, is attempting to figure out what he wants to do with his life.
Through the minds of Palahniuk and Stevenson a common ground is reached in the two books Fight Club and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; both the narrator and Dr. Jekyll create their own misfortune in trying to fix the problems of the world, or better yet what they perceive the problems to be. In a sense the doppelganger of Dr. Jekyll and The Narrator create a misery that is eerie. These characters could be considered Byronic heroes; they start off admirable individuals but by the end of their journey we pity them. Another observation than can be made is through the birth of their alter egos Dr. Jekyll is in essence attempting to play God, and Tyler Durden (The Narrator’s doppelganger) believes he is God. The consequences of their decisions lead them to, ceaseless misery,
Criminal Acts and Choice Theories Response The basis of the “choice theory” is to show why and/or what causes a criminal to make the choice to commit a crime. Every person has to make their own choices and decisions and criminals make irrational decisions when, where, and how to commit a crime. All the while giving no thought to the punishments for their actions because the personal gain is of greater value to them. Criminals do not believe the laws apply to them. The criminal commit crimes for personal gain, money, power, and status.
The criminal justice system ensures that everyone that commits a crime is punished as a result of the crime they commit. The prison system (incapacitation) was initially developed to keep offenders off the streets thus preventing them from committing crimes in the community resulting in the reduction of crime rates. Capital punishment is also part of the prison system were it is carried out but, in society not everyone feels that criminals should receive the death penalty for a murder they committed. People also believe that capital punishment does not in any way deter future murders committed by other criminals. According to the article “The Death Penalty Does Not Deter Murder,” Hentoff says, “statistics [show] that the murder rate in states with the death penalty is higher than the murder rate in states without capital punishment.” (2004) On the other hand in the article “The Death Penalty Deters Murder,” the author says, “by removing a
Should we adhere to the policy of “an eye for an eye”? Opponents of the Death Penalty, in their attempt to illustrate that executing a convicted criminal is no less barbaric than the crime for which he or she is being punished, claim that sentencing these individuals to death does not deter crime. In fact, such executions merely convey that it is acceptable to act violently. In her argument against Capital Punishment, Belinda York states, “Why should potential criminals be afraid of committing crimes, when the very society that prohibits such behavior resorts to the same methods” (89)? According to this view, if the state is allowed to kill, why is not this privilege extended to all citizens?
I think that the audience is very naive for feeling sympathy for Tsotsi because he is a criminal that was involved with the murder of two people; Butcher and Zachariah. If anyone were to commit such crimes in reality no one would hesitate to send the person to prison but because of clever filming that made Tsotsi look innocent at the end of the film the audience feel sorry for him. Gavin Hood achieves this by shooting high angles on Tsotsi which make him look small and vulnerable. Along with good acting by Presley Chweneyagae(Tsotsi) , the director effectively wins the hearts of the audience and evokes sympathy for Tsotsi when he is arrested. In a matter of days, the film shows the dramatic change of Tsotsi’s character.