Crime And Punishment By Fyoder Dostoyevsky Essay

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In Fyoder Dostoyevsky’s novel Crime and Punishment, many characters deal with internal conflict causing them to commit large and small crimes. Dostoevsky introduces a variety of characters, each of which has their own value that they contribute to the book’s theme. Each character has his or her own opinion which crimes are necessary and what deeds are evil. Some characters need to commit crimes just so they can survive in this harsh world, while others commit crimes because they think it will better the community in which they live. Within the crimes that unfold, the characters deal with inner conflict and use their crimes as answers to their problems, even if that crime is what their conflict is ultimately.
One of the first crimes addressed in Dostoyevsky’s novel is the pawnbroker taking advantage of people who are trying to pawn valuable items so that they can pay their bills. She only gives a fraction of the value and makes them pay an unfair amount of interest. People see her as a narcissistic person. Everyone hates the pawnbroker. Rodian overhears students criticizing the pawnbroker, “Kill her, take her money and with the help of it devote oneself to the service of humanity and the good of all.” (Dostoyevsky 54) They discuss her rudeness, horrible money-lending rates, and the way she treats her sister Lizaveta, who is pregnant. (Dostoyevsky 53) The way she acts shows how inconsiderate she is, even toward her own sister. When Rodian hears people saying this, he decides…

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