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Role of Religious Redemption in Crime and Punishment

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Aaron Bush

on 5 September 2012

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Transcript of Role of Religious Redemption in Crime and Punishment

The Role of Religious Redemption Raskolnikov wants to hear the story about the resurrection of Lazurus
Resurrection = new life
First time Raskolnikov approaches religion for help in search of redemption “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in Me though he were dead, yet shall he live.
And whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die” (Dostoevsky 312). Halfway through the epilogue, Rasklolnikov still had not repented.
His continued suffering shows his lack of redemption.
Without religion, he cannot handle his suffering “And if only fate would have sent him repentance… Oh, he would have been glad of it! Tears and agonies would at least have been life. But he did not repent of his crime” (Dostoevsky 515). Raskolnikov eventually repents and finds redemption through Christianity -- not through himself.
Raskolnikov as a Christ figure:
Through love he justifies suffering to cleanse sin
"Resurrects" into a new, saved individual
Through his suffering, others find new life as well “They were both pale and thin; but those sick pale faces were bright with the dawn of a new future, of a full resurrection into a new life. They were renewed by love; the heart of each held infinite sources of life for the heart of the other...

But he had risen again and he knew it and felt it in his whole being, while she -- she lived through him alone” (Dostoevsky 520). “But that is the beginning of a new story – the story of the gradual renewal of a man, the story of his gradual regeneration, of his transition of one world into another, of his initiation into a new, unknown life” (Dostoevsky 521). Literary Criticism 1. Why does Raskolnikov ask Sonya to read him the story of Lazurus rather than any other story?
2. Why do you think it took the entire book for Raskolnikov to attain religious redemption? Why didn't he repent sooner?
3. Why would Dostoevsy choose to make religion the final path to redemption instead of by other means?
4. Why did Dostoevsky decide to include multiple attempts by Raskolnikov at seeking redemption, but then not following through with it?
5. Is it fitting for Raskolnikov's quest for redemption to be equatable to Jesus? Discussion Questions The final stage of Raskolnikov's redemption has been acheived, as confirmed by this passage.
Further Christ reference with "transition of one world into another" referencing Jesus as he went up into Heaven. Though there was not a plethora of information, we did discover a book written by Erich Fromm in 1950 titled "Psychoanalysis and Religion." In this, Fromm discusses his viewpoint that religion is a socially construct for those afraid to use logic and reason to find the truth.
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