A Murder's Journey Through Works Of Dostoyevsky And Poe

1759 words - 7 pages

Some people believe that most murderers have a mental illness which causes them to commit their crime. This belief is strongly disagreed with by the authors Edgar Allan Poe and Fyodor Dostoevsky. Crime and Punishment, "The Tell-Tale Heart", "The Black Cat",and "The Cask of Amontillado" are very similar in this contradiction. Each murderer takes a specific journey that has been illustrated in each case. The psychological make-up of each murderer shows that he is a normal person up to the point at which something compels him to commit this horrible crime, and after that his conscience usually leads to his own downfall.

        Before the murder has been committed the character is a regular human being. In most cases the characters that end up carrying through with this crime are above average people. Raskolnikov from Crime and Punishment is '... quite an extraordinarily handsome young man...' (Crime and Punishment, pg.21) Raskolnikov is a very gifted university student, with a very good talent for figuring people out. Raskolinikov takes great pride and care for his family. On receiving a letter from his mother

        ...he quickly raised the letter to his lips and kissed it; then he spent a long time poring over the handwriting on the envelope, over the small, slanting handwriting, so familiar and dear to him, of his mother who had once taught him to read and write. (Crime and Punishment, pg.47)

Raskolnikov's mother, who taught him how to read and write did this job quite well. This resulted in a very gifted and brilliant university student. This point is illustrated throughout the novel from the planning and carrying out of the murder, to interactions with the police.

         The narrator from the short story 'The Black Cat' describes his 'tenderness of heart was even so conspicuous as to make me the jest of his companions.' ('The Black Cat', pg.390) He is quite a regular human being who is '...especially fond of animals...' ('The Black Cat', pg.390) The narrator also has a great wife whom he describes as being quite similar to himself, which shows that he must be quite normal if a good woman chooses to marry him. Much alike is the narrator from the short story 'The Tell-Tale Heart'. Again this character is full of love. The victim of his crime had done no wrong and for that the narrator '...loved the old man.' ('The Tell-Tale Heart', pg.384) The narrator shows the same brilliance in planning the crime that Raskolnikov exhibits. People with great intelligence, great lives, possessions and friends must be normal people. This seems to hold true in the short story 'The Cask of Amontillado'. The narrator is a man with great wealth. He has many friends which would signify that he is quite a normal character. He lives in a nice house with servants and fine wine. This all seems to show that his mind is intact, if he obtains and keeps these symbols of success. It seems as if each and every character discussed...

Find Another Essay On A Murder's Journey Through works of Dostoyevsky and Poe

Life Is A Journey Compare and Contrast how life is a journey. Comparing 2 works of literature you read in the summer.

640 words - 3 pages Life is a journey that begins when you are born. Through this journey, we see and hear many things that change the way we think about the people who influence us as well as the world around us. Jack Kerouac's On the Road, is a great example of the theme "life is a journey". This novel is about two characters, Sal Paradise, a young writer, and Dean Moriarty, a wild youth who lives life to the fullest. Together they go all around America; their

Edgar Allan Poe and His Works

988 words - 4 pages Thesis: Edgar Allan Poe was one of the most influential, yet misunderstood writers in American Literature. I. His Early Life A. His Adoption B. His Education II. His Later Life A. Books Published B. Military Life III. The Conclusion of His Life A. His Marriage B. His Death IV. His Works V. What Others Thought Of Him Edgar Allan Poe was an American writer, known as a poet and critic but most famous as the first master

Edgar allan poe - life and works

1549 words - 6 pages generation. "The Raven" is, by no doubt, what made Poe famous. Poe's life alone is a mystery that is unsolved even today. Concrete facts about his life are unknown. Poe's mysterious life adds to the "chill" of his works and makes everything all the more mysterious. Some people say that Poe had psychological mental problems, but others have praised him as a genius of human fear and confusion. Poe died on October 7, 1849 as mysterious as how he lived.

Edgar Allan Poe: Life and Works

2829 words - 11 pages      Edgar Allan Poe was a literary genius of his time. His works may seem eccentric but beneath the words and stories lies a solemn, alone boy whose only way of comfort and relief was through his pen. Of the critical reviews I have studied pertaining to Poe, never has such a varied difference of opinions been presented or suggested towards a writer. It is thought that his life had a major influence on his writing and

Comparing Works of Edgar Allen Poe

1773 words - 7 pages Death-Despair-Revenge: A Recipe for a Good Drama "Scorching my seared heart with a pain, not hell shall make me fear again." Edgar Allan Poe, Tamerlane, Part II Death, despair, and revenge, these three words form a treacherous triangle to any reader who dare enter the mind of Edgar Allen Poe. In many of his works these expressions seem to form a reoccurring theme. Comparing the works "The Mask of the Red Death" and "The Cask of

Emotions portrayed in literary works and artistic displays. Speaks of works by Poe, Baudelaire, Monet, and Warhol

1853 words - 7 pages Painter of ModernLife" emphasizes the emotional expressions of beauty and fashionexpressed in art. Manet is an artist who paints scenes to his liking.All of his works were done in his studio and set up the way that hewanted them. He holds a particular focus on men and women and therelationship between them. The positions and clothing that the men andwomen are set up in hold strong emotional implications about theirfeelings towards one another and the

Comparing and Contrasting Self-Awareness in the Works of Emerson, Whitman and Poe

2241 words - 9 pages Defining Self-Awareness in the works of Emerson, Whitman and Poe Literature in the American Renaissance influenced the Romantic sentiment that prevailed during this period: the emergence of the individual. This materialization evolved out of the Age of Reason, when the question of using reason (a conscious state) or faith (an unconscious state) as a basis for establishing a set of beliefs divided people into secular and non-secular groups

Eric Fischl: A Journey Through His Life.

1695 words - 7 pages The beauty of art really is in the eye of the beholder. Art is a diverse as the people who create it. Some of the most famous art comes from some of the least expected places and people but, their journey is what seems to make it incredible. From the suburbs of Long Island, New York to Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco during the Hippie movement in the 1960’s brought about one of the most influential, internationally acclaimed artists, Eric Fischl

Ultimate Art Exhibit, a Journey through Time

1659 words - 7 pages recent past. While containing some great works of art, the container must be just as great otherwise the art will lose some of its significant and the ambiance and sensation produced won’t be quite as “special”. What better than to have a Roman styled building inside of Rome? Its frontal area will consist of large supporting pillars that will allow an open area for entrance into the exhibit. Then once inside of the front entrance, the building will

A Journey Through Evolution - The locomotion and behavioral changes of fishes, reptiles, amphibians, birds and mammals. A good starting place for short biology papers.

2071 words - 8 pages of years of evolutionary progress, the human being, a mammal of great intellect came to be. But, it wasnt always that way, from the Cambrian times forward, we have been evolving, species by species, through the ability to physically, physiologically, and behaviorally change and adapt to the environment around us. As the environment changed from hot to cold, wet to dry, so did the species that lived in those areas. For those who could not adapt in

A Journey of Cultural and Spiritual Significance

1741 words - 7 pages tourist site which brought money to the village people. Walker journey was fulfilling although she saw that Jamaica is a poor country while much of the world thinks that it’s not that even in the poverty a person can see the beauty of the country and the love that surrounds her. Walker is successful at conveying her message about Jamaica and Bob Marley in her essay through the mood by the images and illustrations, through the technique of journey

Similar Essays

The Life And Works Of Edgar Allan Poe

2089 words - 8 pages , so Edgar left his foster parents and went to find his family ( E. A. Poe Society of Baltimore Inc. "Poe Chronology" 1-4). Edgar's poem, "Alone", expresses his feelings of complete loneliness at this time in his life. The poem starts off, "From childhood's hour I have not been as others were- . . .." This illustrates Poe's trouble as a child, and his struggles through a time that most people are carefree and happy. The poem goes on to say

The Works Of Nathaniel Hawthorne And Edgar Allan Poe

1459 words - 6 pages acquaintances were helpful to them in their careers, they both became authors to remember. Hawthorne had Moby Dick by Herman Melville dedicated to him and Poe had a friend help him publish a few writings in a paper. But both authors at first had no help. Poe published most of his beginning works himself at his own expense. Hawthorne had most of his published in newspaper articles. These authors did not have the easiest of times trying to publish

The Life And Works Of Edgar Allan Poe

852 words - 3 pages In appearance, Edgar Allan Poe was a quiet, shy looking man, but his works did not reflect that. Poe wrote gothic horror; stories of fear, pain, and death. Poe's work is particularly worth reading because it keeps readers engaged and on the edge of their seats. During his time there were many factors that could have contributed to the genre of Poe's writings. Although thought of as a troubled man, Poe is one of the world's most famous and

Analyzing The Heroics Of Samus Through Cambell's A Hero's Journey, Jung's Archetypes And Feminist Analysis

2672 words - 11 pages , protagonist of the Metroid series, was indeed female. For the purpose of this paper, we’ll analyze the heroics of Samus through three distinct analytical lenses: The Hero’s Journey (from Joseph Campbell), Carl Jung’s archetypes, and through feminist analysis. Of course, to learn more about our heroine, we must first find out what drives her, what makes her tick, and her purpose as a bounty hunter. The story of Metroid stretches along 11 games