Books and Movies Reviews

Crime and Punishment

Crime and Punishment is considered by many to be thefirst of
Fyodor Dostoevsky’s great books.Crime and Punishmentis a psychological
account of a crime.The crime is double murder.A book about such a broad
subject can be made powerful and appealing to our intellectual interests if
there is a link between the reader, the action, and the characters.
Doestoevsky makes all these links at the right places.The action takes
place between the protagonists and the antagonists.The protagonists
include Dounia, the Marmeladovs, Sonia, Razumhin, Porfiry Petrovich, and
Nastaya.The antagonists of the story are Luzhin, Ilya Petrovich, and the
landlady.Raskolnikov could be considered to be the primary protagonist,
while Svidrigailov could be thought of as the primary antagonist.
In every story the protagonist is the character that the reader
cares most about.In Crime and Punishment the reader cares about Rodion
Raskolnikov.He is the primary and most significant character in the novel.
We are introduced to this complex character in Part 1.We get to know the
poverty stricken condition that he resides in, and we get to know his
family situation as we read the long letter from Raskolnikov’s mother.
Then we witness the murder as it is graphically described by Doestoevsky.
After reading this graphic description of the murder, how can the reader be
sympathetic towards Raskolnikov?How can the reader believe that a
murderer is the protagonist?It is, in fact,not hard to accept this
murderer as the protagonist.Raskolnikov believed that by murdering the
pawnbroker, he rid society of a pest.We realize that if the victim would
have been someone other than an evil old pawnbroker the crime would never
had taken place.He could never have found the courage to kill an innocent
person.It would not prove anything to him.So, Raskolnikov was not a
criminal. He does not repent because h…

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