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Crime and Punishment
Transcript of Crime and Punishment
in 1866 Constance Garnett's translation
into English was published in
1914 Dostoevsky was born in Moscow on
October 30, 1821 Dostoevsky went to St. Petersburg Academy
of Military Engineers and graduated as a lieutenant in 1843. First work of fiction was titled 'Poor Folk' Dostoevsky spent 10 years in prison for being a utopian socialist Also exiled to Sibera Characters Rodian Romanovich Raskolnikov Sonya Dunya Svidrigailov Pyotr Luzhin Dmitri Razumikhin Themes Alienation Alientation is the main theme of
Crime and Punishment. At the start of
the novel, Raskolnikov sees himself as
superior to others and that he has a right
to kill. However, after committing murder
his guilt pushes him into isolation and he
pushes away those who try to help, such as Sonya, Duyna,
and Razumikhin. In the end, he finds that the guilt he has
is worse than any punishment, and finally returns to society. Super Man Complex From the start of the novel, it is apparent
that Rasolnikov believes that a select few of
individuals have more rights that others -
himself included. He publishes an article,
called "On Crime" where he believes he has
a right to commit murder. It is this belief that
he is better than others that gives him the
"Superman" complex and justifies his decision
to kill the pawnbroker. This mindset persists in
Raskolnikov until the end of the book when he
goes to prison and returns to reality - that no
one is better than others, in a sense.