Essay on Crime And Punishment By Fyodor Dostoevsky

1684 Words Nov 15th, 2016 7 Pages
Whether or not anyone in their “right minds” could ever kill another human being is a topic discussed every time someone goes to court convicted of murder. While not explicitly discussed in the novel Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Rodion Raskolnikov may have suffered from mental illness long before the guilt of his two murders forced him into insanity. As a result, one can deduce that crime is directly linked to mental illness when factors such as the economy and the environment are accounted for, as shown in the novel Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky.
Epidemiology, the branch of medicine that deals with the incidence, distribution, and possible control of diseases, can be used to study the link between crime and mental disorder (Steadman 146). In order to properly approach this topic, one must separate mental disorder and crime and analyze them separately as controls. In doing so, it is important to analyze the information by applying the “true/treated” distinction in order to get an accurate rate of crime or those who suffer from a mental disease in a population (147). For mental health, the true/ treated distinction is described as those who are suffering from psychiatric symptoms/ those diagnosed and being treated (147). Rodion likely follows the true/untreated demographic, evidenced by his behavior prior to the crime: “... he’d been in an irritable, tense state of mind not unlike hypochondria” (Dostoevsky 3). Demonstrating psychiatric symptoms of…

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