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Crime and Punishment: Sickness

AP English Crime and Punishment Teaching Assignment
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Dana Miville

on 4 October 2012

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Transcript of Crime and Punishment: Sickness

Crime and Punishment Sickness By Raskolnikov's suffering of mental and physical sickness, it ultimately reshapes him into a worthy human-being. Crime and Punishment is one of the earliest psychological novels. Raskolnikov's physical debilities represent his moral and philosophical debilities. As long as he rejects proven moral truths, he rejects healing medicines. Sickness is a symbol: Before the murder takes place, Raskolinikov was quiet and soft-spoken, but he suffered to some extent of a mental illness.
{depression; poverty} Moments before the murder, it was present in Raskolnikov's mind that he would follow through with his plan; in a way he is "sick" because it is as if he cannot escape his conscious. However, he is able to suppress it long enough to commit the murder. Before Murder A consequence Raskolnikov must deal with as a result of murdering Alyona Ivanovna and her sister Lizaveta. Mental Illness Raskolnikov is condemned with a mental sickness; he thinks many people are around, afraid of him, and out to get him. He cried for his sock until Zametov gave it to him. After Murder "And what if it was I who murdered the old woman and Lizaveta?" Raskolnikov tries to convince people that he is the murderer and he plays with their heads to make them wonder. Psychotic Symptoms: Some have seen Raskolnikov's thoughts and behavior as an indicator of SCHIZOPHRENIA. Delusions - false, but strongly held beliefs
Hallucinations - seeing, hearing, or smelling things that aren't actually there.
unusual thoughts
inability to speak normally Raskolnikov's name implies his emotional and philosophical schizophrenia. Theme: Suffering brings illumination; By Dana Miville Raskolnikov displays symptoms: Bipolar Disorder Decreased need for sleep
Racing thoughts
Tendency to be easily distracted
Inability to concentrate "He had been walking for about six hours." "It was as if he were not himself. He was unable to stay still even for a minute, unable to focus his attention on any one subject. His thoughts leaped over each other; his speech wandered; his hands were trembling slightly." Symptoms: Depressive phase of Bipolar Disorder hopelessness, loss of interest in daily activities, sadness, anxiety "A strange time came for Raskolnikov: it was as if fog suddenly fell around him and confined him in a hopeless and heavy solitude. Recalling this time later, long afterwards, he suspected that his consciousness had sometimes grown dim." May result in psychosis, a detachment from reality. Symptoms: hallucinations and delusions In the dark of evening he was jolted back to consciousness by terrible shouting. God, what shouting it was! Never before had he heard such unnatural noises, such howling, screaming, snarling, tears, blows and curses... And then, to his great amazement, he suddenly made out his landlady's voice... 'No one was beating the landlady,' [Natasya later] said... 'No one was here.'" After committing the murder, Raskolnikov said he had "turned everything over to the last threads and rags, and mistrusting himself, went through his search three times." Panic Attack
Disorder {Fear of being caught} "For the first moment he thought he was going mad. A dreadful chill came over him, but the chill was from the fever that had begun long before in his sleep. Now he was suddenly taken with violent shivering, so that his teeth chattered and all his limbs were shaking." Physical Sickness Raskolnikov becomes sick, delirious, and unconscious most of the time. He is sick for about 4 days and hasn't eaten or drank anything, which is what prolonged his physical sickness. Since the murder, Raskolnikov has been pale, weak, depressed, and mostly in bed. He also has nightmares often. His sickness is from the guilt and stress of committing the murder.
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