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Literary Analysis of Crime and Punishment

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Prezi by Chelsea Maninang
December 3rd, 2012
2nd Hour Major Literary Elements of Crime and Punishment
Written by Fyodor Dostoevsky Born in Moscow, Russia in 1821
Mother was kindhearted and Father was oppressive
Used books as an escape
After his Mother died and Father murdered, he became more introverted
His Father pushed him to study engineering at university
Moved to St. Petersburg for university
He was arrested on due to his involvement with rebellion groups
Sentenced to hard labor in Siberia
Similar to Raskolnikov's punishment
Prison played a significant role on his writing Fyodor Dostoevsky Plot of Crime and Punishment Raskolnikov is an ex-student and lives in St. Petersburg
Introvert and keeps to himself
Dislikes the pawnbroker, Alyona Ivanvovna and makes a rash decision
Murders Ivanovna and her sister Lizaveta
His guilty conscience begins to take over his life
Confides in Sonia, the daughter of the town drunk, Marmeladov
Sonia is very devout and she helps Raskolnikov come to the decision of confessing his murder
He is sentenced to 8 years of labor in Siberia and his imprisonment helps his conscience heal
Sonia stays with him regardless of how she must wait 8 years until he is free Sonia is a paradox. She is religious, while at the same time being a prostitute--optimistic, despite her bleak current situation
"'But you are a great sinner, that’s true,' he added almost solemnly, ‘and your worst sin is that you have destroyed an betrayed yourself for nothing'"
-Raskolnikov to Sonia Major Example of Irony
The city of St. Petersburg
Represents Raskolnikov's tumultuous personality
City is described as chaotic and dirty
This house was let out in tiny tenements and was inhabited by working people of all kinds--tailors, locksmiths, cooks, Germans of sorts, girls picking up a living as best they could, petty clerks, &c”

Old friend of Raskolnikov's from university and he represents Raskolnikov's contrast
Raskolnikov is aloof and uncommunicative and lazy
Razumikhin is friendly, humorous and hardworking
“He was an exceptionally good-humoured and candid youth, good-natured to the point of simplicity. The better of his comrades understood this, and all were fond of him”
“He was very poor, and kept himself entirely on what he could earn by work of one sort or another” Examples of Symbolism Third person omniscient
Reveals all the character's thoughts
If Dostoevsky had not used third person omniscient, then we would have lost insight of their internal conflicts
This would not have been good, considering Crime and Punishment is a psychological novel Point of View The tone is set via the setting from the beginning of the novel
“His garret was under the roof of a high, five-storied house and was more like a cupboard that room”
The tone is depressing because the size of his home shows the severity of his poverty Tone and Setting Redemption and the power of love
Regardless of any crime committed, absolution may be achieved and that is through love
“They wanted to speak, but could not; tears stood in their eyes. 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”

This is the abandonment of tradition and scruples
Russia was experiencing a period of Nihilism during the novel
This philosophy leads Raskolnikov to disregard scruples and ends up killing Ivanovna Major Themes Dostoevsky's life had a profound effect on not only his writing, but the plot of Crime and Punishment

There are several significant literary devices in this story Summary of Presentation Prezi by Chelsea Maninang
December 3rd, 2012
2nd Hour Major Literary Elements of Crime and Punishment Written by Fyodor Dostoevsky Lazarus represents Raskolnikov's fate
“‘Jesus said unto her, thy brother shall rise again. Martha saith unto Him I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection, at the last day. Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in Me though he were dead, yet shall he live’” Symbolism (cont)
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