Essay about Dostoevsky 's Crime And Punishment

987 Words Oct 29th, 2016 4 Pages
Violence by definition is “the behavior involving physical force intended to hurt, damage, or kill someone”. Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment centers around violence and how it was exhibited throughout the novel. Specifically, the violence that occurs in the first part of the novel. In Crime and Punishment, Dostoevsky centers the novel around the main character, Raskolnikov, from beginning to end. He strongly hints at the thought of violence before it even occurs in the opening scenes. His character Raskolnikov takes the readers on a whirlwind of emotions and feelings with every part and chapter. Although Raskolnikov’s crime was a major attribute in the story, there were also other violent scenes throughout the novel that were consequential. We, the readers, learn that with every scene, whether it be a violent one or not, has meaning behind it.
Dostoevsky obviously had a purpose when scripting his violent act and having it expand throughout the whole novel. He takes violence and proliferates it. He makes violence embody the character with every little thing he does. Raskolnikov gets consumed with guilt in a way that makes him irrational, mentally unsound, and emotionally unstable. Dostoevsky catapults the crime scene into the novel because he wants to show his readers that there is always a punishment for their own personal crimes, whether it be a villainous thought crystallizing inside their own heads or an unconscionable act carried out in their own lives.

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