Crime And Punishment Essay

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In the distinguished novel Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, some of the most significant events are mental and psychological taking place in the mind of the protagonist, Raskolnikov. Throughout Crime and Punishment, Dostoyevsky manages to give these internal events a sense of suspense, excitement, and climax associated with the external action.The entire novel is purely psychological, primarily internal, "taking the reader on a journey into the darkest recesses of the criminal and depraved mind". As it is revealed later on in the novel, Raskolnikov believes in the theory of the extraordinary man. He theorizes that there are two races of man, the ordinary and the extraordinary, the latter being able to commit crime because they have a gift or talent to utter "a new word". Raskolnikov relies on this fact, presuming that by killing the old pawnbroker he will better society, and mankind as a whole. These ideas are constantly spoken through the thoughts of Raskolnikov as he questions if he is worthy of being above morality. He says at one point of debating his thoughts, "And what if I am wrong? And what if man is not really a scoundrel, man in general I mean, the whole race of mankind--then all the rest is prejudice, simply artificial terrors and there are no barriers and it's all as it should be".Raskolnikov experiences salvation at the end of the novel, but before the novel reaches this point Dostoyevsky uses eternal events to create a sense of suspense, excitement, and climax.Even in the first chapter Dostoyevsky makes great use of suspense. The reader is told on the first page that Raskolnikov is contemplating a "desperate deed", but it is not yet revealed. There are clues given throughout the first chapter as to what the mysterious deed is, such as that it will take place in the pawnbrokers apartment. This slow revelation of details builds on the reader's interest, creating suspense.After Raskolnikov commits the murder of the pawnbroker he lives in constant fear of being discovered. The scenes that take place directly after the murder produce excitement in the reader. Dostoyevsky builds this excitement with phrases such as ""¦perhaps there were a great many stains, but that he did not see them, did not notice them because...

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