The Bolshevik Revolution and its Relation to Crime and Punishment

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The Bolshevik Revolution and its Relation to Crime and Punishment The novel, Crime and Punishment, written by Fyodor Dostoyevsky follows an ex-student, Raskolnikov, through his mental struggles in great psychological detail after he commits murder without reason. Raskolnikov’s mental instability is a parallel to Russia’s long history of unstable and poorly designed government systems. To better understand the events that led up to radical and Slavophile movements in Russia, and to better understand how Raskolnikov came to be mentally ill, background knowledge on the history of Russia is needed. In the thirteenth century, Mongols from Asia invaded Russia, and the Mongols remained in Russia for several centuries. The Mongols had a great …show more content…
This event greatly affected Dostoyevsky emotionally and mentally, and the repercussions of his mental state are displayed through many of his literary works, especially Crime and Punishment. During Dostoyevsky’s imprisonment, his political, philosophical, and religious ideas changed quite drastically, with Western contemporary philosophical ideas discouraging him greatly. At this time in history, or rather during the mid-1800s, Western Europe was experiencing life-changing movements such as the industrial revolution, socialism, individualism, imperialism, and many more altercating movements that changed their way of life. The industrial revolution was the discovery of machine engines and how burning fuel could make them move. This led to a mass production of textiles, which led to an increased amount of jobs. Even though the industrial revolution was beneficial in many ways, it also hindered the middle and lower working class people. A select few men became extremely wealthy from the industrial revolution, but the middle and lower class workers were getting paid next to nothing. The middle and lower classes supported the idea of socialism, which encourages the redistribution of wealth and public ownership of large corporations. The Russians were completely against industrialization and socialism, and praised and encouraged rural life and small farms. Crime and Punishment was written shortly after Dostoyevsky’s release from

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