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    What can the character’s surroundings about the his/her struggles? With the author’s usage of such techniques, it helps to further advance the reader’s understanding of the characters. The novel Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky demonstrates how the author uses setting to highlight Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov’s internal conflicts throughout the novel. The author’s depiction of Raskolnikov's lodging reveals the origination of Raskolnikov’s nihilistic nature. It is a “little yellow room that was like a cupboard or a box” and “like a tomb… [that causes him] to become so melancholy” (Dostoyevsky 33, 184). Raskolnikov describes his apartment with hatred and states how his room causes him to “sink into blank forgetfulness” and evoke him…

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    The protagonist, Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov, in Fyodor Dostoyevsky 's Crime and Punishment is a young ex-student living penniless in St.Petersburg. He lives in a tiny rented room, but is indebted to his landlord due to his low financial status. From the start of the book Dostoevsky paints a clear image of Raskolnikov. For example, on page eight it says “he even knew how many paces he had to take in order to reach the front entrance of his tenement; seven hundred and thirty paces exactly”…

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    In “Notes From Underground,” Fyodor Dostoyevsky explores the Underground Man’s rationalism, emotions, impulses, and conflicts. The nameless narrator introduces himself as a spiteful man that lives underground, but then admits he is not spiteful because he can only be nothing. He is beleaguered with a mindset that causes him to exaggerate insults until they are altered exceptionally beyond the original context. The Underground Man is unable to become a character and is consumed with inconsistency…

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    Fyodor Dostoyevsky Flaws

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    cost. As Fyodor Dostoyevsky puts it, all of these concepts are distractions to what should be most important in life. Dostoyevsky, assumed to be Russian Orthodox Christian, believed society had flaws and those flaws are exactly what has just been stated; that much of the human population is driven by worldly ideals (Morson). He believed that necessary actions needed to take place to bring people back to faith in God and establish a selfless attitude in every heart so that society’s issues would…

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    The Underlying Theme in Crime and Punishment and The Stranger Both The Stranger by Albert Camus and Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky explore the criminal mind and its psyche. Each novel addresses the spectrum of emotions an individual deals with within their mind after committing a murder. Both books are centered on one criminal act that allows the reader to delve into the thought process of a convicted murderer, each varying from one another. In The Stranger, Meursault is seen as a…

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    The Double Comparison

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    Novels, plays, and movies often depict characters caught in a conflict with their doubles. Such collisions call a character’s sense of identity into question. The film The Double by Richard Ayoade takes Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s original book The Double and plays it with a modern twist. Upon closer inspection of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s The Double and its movie adaptation by Richard Ayoade, we see that though both share many elements and plot progressions, the movie, as a more modern medium, utilizes its…

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    Raskolnikov Personality

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    Character Analysis Crime and Punishment is a novel by the Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky. It was first published in the literary journal The Russian Messenger in twelve monthly installments during 1866. It was later published in a single volume. It is the second of Dostoyevsky's full-length novels following his return from ten years of exile in Siberia. Crime and Punishment is considered the first great novel of his "mature" period of writing. Crime and Punishment focuses on the mental…

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    19th Century Russian Prostitutes: Sinners or Victims? In pre-revolution Tsarist Russia women were seen as completely subordinate to men, and prostitutes felt this injustice more than anyone else. Prostitution ran rampant across the nation and those stuck in the profession were drowning in legal and social plight with no voice with which to speak up for themselves. Sonya in Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment exemplifies how prostitutes were affected by their profession while showing a…

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    The Existence of Happiness Happiness is a hard thing to come by these days. Everyone seems to be worrying about what they’re doing wrong instead of appreciating the right. For some it’s their job, and for others it’s the way that they present themselves to their peers. In the novel Notes From the Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, he says “Man only likes to count his troubles: he doesn’t calculate his happiness.” I agree with what Dostoyevsky is saying. We are all different people with…

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    Britannica.com states Fyodor Dostoyevsky was born on November 11, 1821, in Moscow, Rusia. Dostoyevsky’s father was a retired military surgeon who served as a doctor at the Mariinsky Hospital for the poor in Moscow. His father was a stern, suspicious, and rigid man. In contrast, his mother was a cultured woman from a merchant family. Until 1833 Dostoyevsky was educated at home, he was then sent to a boarding school. Dostoyevsky’s mother died in 1837 which affected his life traumatically. After…

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