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Comparison Essay between Crime and Punishment and Notes from the Fyodor Dostoyevskys stories are stories of a sort of rebirth Heweaves a tale of suffering and how each character attempts to deliverthemselves from this misery In the novel Crime and Punishment hetells the story of Raskolnikov a former student who murders an oldpawnbroker as an attempt to prove a theory In Notes from theUnderground we are given a chance to explore Dostoyevskys opinion of Dostoyevskys characters are very similar as is his stories He putsa strong stress on the estrangement and isolation his characters feelHis characters are both brilliant and sick as mentioned in each novelpoisoned by their intelligence In Notes from the Underground thecharacter who is never given a name writes his journal from solitudeHe is spoiled by his intelligence giving him a fierce conceit withwhich he lashes out at the world and justifies the malicious things hedoes At the same time though he speaks of the doubt he feels at thevalue of human thought and purpose and later of human life Hebelieves that intelligence to be constantly questioning andfaithlessly drifting between ideas is a curse To be damned to seeeverything clearly as a window and that includes things that arentmeant to be seen such as the corruption in the world or constantlyseeking the meaning of things elusive Dostoyevsky thought that humansare evil destructive and irrational In Crime and Punishment we see Raskolnikov caught between reason andwill the human needs for personal freedom and the need to submit toauthority He spends most of the first two parts stuck between wantingto act and wanting to observe After he acts and murders the oldwoman he spends much time contemplating confession Raskolnikov seemstrapped in his world although there is really nothing holding him backhe chooses not to flee and not to confess but still acts as though hessuffocation perhaps guiltIn both novels defeat seems inevitableBoth characters believe that normal man is stupid unsatisfied andconfused Perhaps they are
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