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Fyodor Dostoevskys Crime and Punishment is a fascinating detective mystery that takes you through the psychological paths of an intelligent but emotionally distressed man Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov From beginning to end the reader is swept away into another world filled with miserable nightmares atrocious crimes and agonizing suspense Dostoevsky illustrates how people must pay for their crimes against each other endure the punishment and emerge as a better person for it Dostoevskys style and structure make Crime and Punishment an easy to follow yet challenging novel Raskolnikovs tale is told by an omniscient narrator an anonymous voice that reports to the reader everything that the characters do say and think Since the narrator is not an actual character in the story I feel the reader is pulled into the drama and actually feels the emotions and concerns that the characters deal with While reading it I felt like I was on an emotional roller coaster hoping that Raskolnikov wouldnt get caught for his crime yet I felt bad for the victims of his crimes The all-knowing narrator also allowed the reader to explore the views of several characters which was needed in this complex novel The novel is clearly split into main parts the plans for his crime the execution of it the effects on him and others and his eventual punishment and rebirth This allows the reader to follow along all of the events with little confusion One th ing that did confuse me was the use of several names for each character but there wasnt much that could be changed about that since the story takes Place in Russia where people are called by several names The style that Dostoevsky chose to tell the story fit it very well and made it easy to read and appreciate There are many messages that the author tries to convey to the reader One of the major ones that I picked up was the impact of
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