Psychoanalytic Theory Of Punishment

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It is a scientific study of how people’s feelings, behavior and thoughts are affected by actual, conceit or implied presence of others. It refers to existential method of investigation. Socio-Psychology is a branch of Sociology and Sociology is a sub-field of both its parent disciplines (Psychology and Sociology). “Socio Psychologist on the other hand, are usually interested in how groups behave and how the individual members are influenced by the group in which they belong how a person thinks about other people, is influenced by them and relates to them” (Meyers, 1987).
Sigmund Freud Psychoanalysis:
Freud is considered as a father of Psychoanalysis. It is a theory which explains the human behavior or study of an unconscious mind which together
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Its chief focus is on a murderer psychology of protagonist Raskolnikov, his family of whom he is too fond of and his …show more content…
He started living alone in his dark, clumsy box -like room for days at a time. It is during these depression periods of isolation that he devises a theory, in which he divides humankind into two categories: ordinary and extraordinary. According to his theory, extraordinary individuals like him are those who are “superior humans” and have full right to violate any law under certain circumstances, in order to make their great ideas and discoveries known to humanity in order to benefit humankind. Raskolnikov believing himself to be a superior and an extraordinary individual, decides to test his theory by deliberately planning a murder of an old pawnbroker. After, committing this crime, he is immediately tormented and is depressed by guilt of the crime he committed and then his constant fear exists till end of the novel. This torture drives him to confess his crime after severe suffering. Then towards end of the novel, Raskolnikov confesses his crime and is move to the prison in Siberia city. This is presented as an interesting contrast to St. Petersburg. Siberia city is presented by Dostoyevsky as holy and natural; which is completely untouched by the vice and pollution in which St. Petersburg city of Russia was drowning. Fyodor Dostoyevsky representation of prison in Crime and Punishment is quite ironic. Fyodor Dostoyevsky has shown prison not as a continuation of suffering, but as a hospital of criminals. The place where criminals wound can be healed and they can find

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