Psychology And Porfiy In Dostoyevsky'S Crime And Punishment

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Porfiry in Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment has such an intellectual way of investigating Raskolnikov and his motives. Dostoyevsky creates a character with a small role, yet such an outstanding impact that he can be thought of as the antagonist of this novel. His methods can be defined as different and leave a permanent stain on Raskolnikov as a character. Although psychology was in effect long before Porfiry steps foot onto the scene. Raskolnikov wonders why so many crimes are committed so poorly. He concludes that criminals go through a failure of the will. He endeavors not to let anything prevent him from carrying out the crime in complete control of his reason and will, which is a huge sign that his psychological and intellectual mind are working together, instead of battling like most people’s. However, both reason, and will fail him during some parts of the murder. He does have the good sense to clean his axe and boots, but he leaves the door open as a sign that he isn’t thinking clearly. The mistake catches up to him as lizaveta enters the room. Also we find that his illness is more psychological than physical. It is just the way his reaction to the murder is. 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. The murder itself might be attributed to his mentality that he is above everything. He also has little emotions and sentiment for others. He doesn’t care about people around him. We can see that when he tries to help
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