Crime and Punishment Quotes Essay

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1. "…all is in a man's hands and he lets it all slip from cowardice, that's an axiom. It would be interesting to know what it is men are most afraid of." –Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov By saying this Raskolnikov suggests that men are capable of doing whatever they wish, and the only thing that holds them back are their fears. Because of this Raskolnikov wonders what man's greatest fear is, and with that comes the one thing that no man is capable of doing.

2. "…for though Pyotr Petrovitch has been so kind as to undertake part of the expenses of the journey, that is to say, he has taken upon himself the conveyance of our bags and big trunks." -Pulcheria Alexandrovna Raskolnikov This is a passage from the letter that Rodion's mother
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But extraordinary men have a right to commit any crime and to transgress the law in any way, just because they are extraordinary." –Porfiry quoting Raskolnikov Taken from one of Raskolnikov's articles, this passage informs the reader that Raskolnikov believes that he is better than most people. This shows that Raskolnikov believed that there was nothing wrong with murdering someone because he was of this ‘extraordinary' group of humans.

6. "…all great men or even men a little out of the common, that is to say capable of giving some new word, must from their very nature be criminals--more or less, of course." –Raskolnikov Raskolnikov realizes that Porfiry Petrovich suspects him in the pawn-broker's murder and in responding to what Petrovich thinks, Raskolnikov attempts correct his way of thinking. He says that these ‘extraordinary' men are criminals for having the ability to change society. He's basically contradicting what he said in his article.

7. "…she bore me off into the country like a treasure. You know she was five years older than I. She was very fond of me. For seven years I never left the country. And, take note, that all my life she held a document over me, the IOU for thirty thousand roubles, so if I were to elect to be restive about anything I should be trapped at once! And she would have done it!" – Svidrigailov Svidrigailov explains to Raskolnikov that he has come to St. Petersburg now that his wife has died. He had

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