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Dostoyevsky's penetrating study of a man for whom the distinction between right and wrong disappears, and a riveting portrait of guilt and retribution.

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Published: Pocket Books on May 28, 2004
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Raskolnikov is a poor student who murders a pawnbroker for financial gain. The remainder of the novel focuses on his ruminations regarding the murder and his ultimate capture."Crime and Punishment" provides an excellent starting point for discussing the role of law and order in society, and the idea that people are inherently good. It's a rather lengthy book and the names of characters can be a little confusing, but this is easily remedied by giving your students a list of the principal characters for reference.read more
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Book Description: Oxford University Press 01.1. Crime and Punishment Oxford World's Classics 01 December 1998 Paperback (B Format), 566 pages, 1 Map, Bibliography Oxford University Press Oxford, UK ISBN 0192833839 Dimensions in millimeters: 190 x 120 Dimensions in inches: 7.48 x 4.72 By Fyodor Dostoevsky Editor: Richard Peace (Emeritus Professor of Russian, Bristol University)read more
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An idea possessed Raskolnikov. He believed there are supermen, Newton’s and Napoleon’s, who transcend ordinary men and women, who could act without moral constraint to judge evil and levy punishment, and to determine whether he belonged to this superior race, he killed the greedy and usurious pawn-broker. But unlike Napoleon in Austerlitz he didn’t execute his plan coldly and tactically. Rather, he nauseatingly dreamed his way into a double murder, the pawnbroker’s sister had returned because he had tarried, and, at the sight of blood, was so terrified that his hands could not stop trembling. He discovered that he wasn’t upright or courageous, that he could not transcend the law, and that he was just a louse, a member of the inferior class. As psychological fiction, Crime and Punishment showcases Raskolnikov’s contradictory actions and emotions that revealed a split psyche fighting for wholeness. He despised others but was preoccupied with bringing about good. After reading his mother’s letter about his sister’s misfortune, he shed sympathetic tears but also donned an evil spiteful smile. He gave the little he had to help the Marmeladovs but immediately regretted helping them. He killed the pawnbroker to prove an idea but took her money and valuables. He was detached in the first interview with the head detective Porfiry but in the second was angry and spiteful toward him.His punishment did not begin in Siberia after the verdict but immediately after killing the pawnbroker, his irritability, nervousness, suspiciousness, delusion, and mania tormenting an already fragile psyche, not allowing him to eat, drink, sleep, work or socialize, and pressing him to hide in his coffin-like apartment trying escaping from reality and to curl up under his blanket, feverish and delusional. His conscience was tormenting and implicating him even before the law did so. Only through Sonya’s help and guidance was he able to find strength to confess his crime. Through this novel’s outcome, Dostoyevsky rejected any social system that tried to replace the jagged path of life with linear reason to save people from their predicament. Although the author’s moral heavy-handedness in Raskolnikov’s repentance and redemption seemed to scar the artistry of the mental battle, Crime and Punishment is psychological novel at its best.read more
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Raskolnikov is a poor student who murders a pawnbroker for financial gain. The remainder of the novel focuses on his ruminations regarding the murder and his ultimate capture."Crime and Punishment" provides an excellent starting point for discussing the role of law and order in society, and the idea that people are inherently good. It's a rather lengthy book and the names of characters can be a little confusing, but this is easily remedied by giving your students a list of the principal characters for reference.
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Book Description: Oxford University Press 01.1. Crime and Punishment Oxford World's Classics 01 December 1998 Paperback (B Format), 566 pages, 1 Map, Bibliography Oxford University Press Oxford, UK ISBN 0192833839 Dimensions in millimeters: 190 x 120 Dimensions in inches: 7.48 x 4.72 By Fyodor Dostoevsky Editor: Richard Peace (Emeritus Professor of Russian, Bristol University)
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An idea possessed Raskolnikov. He believed there are supermen, Newton’s and Napoleon’s, who transcend ordinary men and women, who could act without moral constraint to judge evil and levy punishment, and to determine whether he belonged to this superior race, he killed the greedy and usurious pawn-broker. But unlike Napoleon in Austerlitz he didn’t execute his plan coldly and tactically. Rather, he nauseatingly dreamed his way into a double murder, the pawnbroker’s sister had returned because he had tarried, and, at the sight of blood, was so terrified that his hands could not stop trembling. He discovered that he wasn’t upright or courageous, that he could not transcend the law, and that he was just a louse, a member of the inferior class. As psychological fiction, Crime and Punishment showcases Raskolnikov’s contradictory actions and emotions that revealed a split psyche fighting for wholeness. He despised others but was preoccupied with bringing about good. After reading his mother’s letter about his sister’s misfortune, he shed sympathetic tears but also donned an evil spiteful smile. He gave the little he had to help the Marmeladovs but immediately regretted helping them. He killed the pawnbroker to prove an idea but took her money and valuables. He was detached in the first interview with the head detective Porfiry but in the second was angry and spiteful toward him.His punishment did not begin in Siberia after the verdict but immediately after killing the pawnbroker, his irritability, nervousness, suspiciousness, delusion, and mania tormenting an already fragile psyche, not allowing him to eat, drink, sleep, work or socialize, and pressing him to hide in his coffin-like apartment trying escaping from reality and to curl up under his blanket, feverish and delusional. His conscience was tormenting and implicating him even before the law did so. Only through Sonya’s help and guidance was he able to find strength to confess his crime. Through this novel’s outcome, Dostoyevsky rejected any social system that tried to replace the jagged path of life with linear reason to save people from their predicament. Although the author’s moral heavy-handedness in Raskolnikov’s repentance and redemption seemed to scar the artistry of the mental battle, Crime and Punishment is psychological novel at its best.
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The title says it all, and really, what can I add to the volumes of criticism that have been written about this novel? I can only say that the author is more concerned with the ideas of his characters than he is with the characters themselves. They seem to be mouthpieces so that the author can expound. I feel as if they are specimens under glass for us to study. You can probably tell that I didn’t empathize or sympathize with any of the characters.
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Long on my to-read list (as almost all of the Russian literary cannon is), Dostoevsky definitely delivers. The psychology and philosophical argument behind Raskolnikov's crime is complex, but somehow the story unfolds in a very clear and straightforward manner. There is definitely something dated and something inherently Russian about this novel, but I don't think it suffers as a result.
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Setting: This story is set in St. Petersburg during the reign of the czar and explores the consequences of crime.Plot: A young student reasons and commits a crime from which he must deal with his guilt.Characters: Raskolnikov (protagonist)- the student; Pawnbroker- victim of the crime; Marmiledov- drunk, ox clerk; Katerina- M's wife; Sonia- M's daughter who is a prostitute; Profiry- unconventional detective; Dounia- R's sister; Svidrigailov- wealth, morally depraved manSymbols: dreams, political theories, crossCharacteristics: insightful, intelligentResponse: I enjoyed the intellectual and psychological aspects of this book.
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