Essay on Dostoevsky 's Crime And Punishment

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Russian Psycho The violent bashing of skulls with an axe and perjury are both considered crimes but there are obvious differences in each. The truth is a powerful tool that is often called harsh or brutal but the best way to describe it is as unavoidable. The human mind tries to find ways to be deceitful and some people are believed be masters of this art, however, the mind is a very intricate organ and there are many ways it subconsciously directs one’s body to blink and to breathe. The thoughts of a criminal can be very fascinating and Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novel, Crime and Punishment, explores these inner mechanisms of a nefarious mind to see how one becomes twisted enough to commit murder and he shows how their mind’s subconscious can betray them. Dostoevsky uses his characterization of Raskolnikov, the deceptive tricks of Porfiry, as well as the body language of many characters to show how one’s true thoughts, desires, and feelings are irrepressible and verity will inevitably be revealed if not by willingly words then coercively by actions. Raskolnikov is developed as an ambiguous character in Crime and Punishment with his selfless acts that contradict his calculated crime of murder. This schism between his personalities shows how one’s true thoughts are expressed, as despite his violent killings he gives all his money to a man’s family who barely knew. The guilt that eats away is one device that truth uses in order to escape the facade of lies that Raskolnikov builds…

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