Dostoevsky 's Crime And Punishment Essay

1660 Words Dec 15th, 2016 7 Pages
Individuals have different ways of responding to hardships based on the principles they live by. Contrasting ways of response to adversity can be detected in Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment. In the novel, there are those who passively accept life and its hardships without opposing to it, like Sonia, Lizaveta, and Mikolka. Those like Raskolnikov, however, try to change the elements of life that provide challenges by taking drastic measures to modify society and life. When dealing with Crime and Punishment, one can see that the response to suffering deals with whether or not violence is used, which is the case for Raskolnikov. The other characters respond to the same challenges of life in a way that does not generate violence. Of course, approach to suffering is strictly rooted in the contrasting principles that the characters in the novel posses. Sonia, Lizaveta, and Mikolka’s way of life contradicts the principles that Raskolnikov lives by, as he seems to view himself as a Napoleonic figure, who takes his fate in his own hands in the beginning of the novel. Since the very beginning of the novel, Raskolnikov distinguishes himself as a “revolutionary” figure that will make society a better place by removing its flaws. Raskolnikov views himself as someone who has new ideas: “People with new ideas, people with the faintest capacity for saying something new, are extremely few in number, extraordinarily so, in fact” (Dostoevsky 4). In the case of the novel, those flaws include…

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