Analysis of ‘Crime and Punishment’, by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Crime and Punishment

Crime and Punishment

Dostoevsky, Fyodor


Dostoevsky, FCrime and Punishmentyodor was a Russian short story writer, philosopher, novelist, journalist and essayist. He was born on 11th November 1821 in Moscow, Russia. He died on 9th February 1881 in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Moral dilemma and mental anguish of an impoverished ex-student Raskolnikov in St.Petersburg is the story of Crime and Punishment. The haunting, disturbing and tragic tale is of Rodion Raskolnikov, a young man who descends into guilt, horror, criminality and then punishment, eventually. Living in chaos and poverty, he murders a pawnbroker an old woman and her sister for the sake of money. The crime he commits he believes is perfectly devised and no one would ever regret loss of those victims. Mental life of the Raskolnikov, his mounting sense of horror, the turns and twists of his emotions, struggle of his conscience are discussed in the novel. His actions and reasoning for the crime while he wanders the crowded and hot streets of the city, is brought forth to the readers. Happiness must be earned by suffering and is difficult to achieve by a reasoned existence plan is the realization, Raskolnikov comes to.