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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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    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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    Writing The Idiot coincided with Dostoyevsky’s financial hardships which forced him and his wife Anna to move temporarily to Europe. Being in Europe and experiencing the constant lack of means, Dostoyevsky continuously maintained correspondence with his brother Mikhail, his close friend Maikov and his niece Sonia to whom he often confessed about his futile attempts to write a great novel and about the disappointing mediocrity he was receiving instead (Frank 245). In fact, Dostoyevsky dedicated…

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    I am going to be discussing the claims made by Ivan Karamazov in the book, The Brothers Karamazov. I will also be discussing what these claims mean and how they contribute to the discussion of the morality, religion, and their relation to each other. He first claims that “If there is no God, everything is permitted.” He later claims that “There is no virtue if there is no immortality.” These are interesting claims, as they both have to do with the idea of religion and aspects of Christianity…

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    Fyodor Dostoevsky

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    Back in the 19th century, Russia was, to put it quite lightly, a disaster. While Czar Alexander II did attempt to make progress, those who were not wealthy or of high prestige suffered greatly. This is partially due to the overpopulation in the cities. Upon the release of the serfs, many flooded into cities like Moscow and St. Petersburg for a new start. Due to the influx of unpredicted people, the cities were ill adjusted. It was a horrific environment that created many problems. Similarly, in…

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