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Some people believe that most murderers have a mental illness which causes them to commit their crime This belief is strongly disagreed with by the authors Edgar Allan Poe and Fyodor Dostoevsky Crime and Punishment The Tell-Tale Heart The Black Catand The Cask of Amontillado are very similar in this contradiction Each murderer takes a specific journey that has been illustrated in each case The psychological make-up of each murderer shows that he is a normal person up to the point at which something compels him to commit this horrible crime and after that his conscience usually leads to his own downfall Before the murder has been committed the character is a regular human being In most cases the characters that end up carrying through with this crime are above average people Raskolnikov from Crime and Punishment is quite an extraordinarily handsome young man Crime and Punishment pg21 Raskolnikov is a very gifted university student with a very good talent for figuring people out Raskolinikov takes great pride and care for his family On receiving a letter from his mother he quickly raised the letter to his lips and kissed it then he spent a long time poring over the handwriting on the envelope over the small slanting handwriting so familiar and dear to him of his mother who had once taught him to read and write Crime and Punishment pg47 Raskolnikovs mother who taught him how to read and write did this job quite well This resulted in a very gifted and brilliant university student This point is illustrated throughout the novel from the planning and carrying out of the murder to interactions with the police The narrator from the short story The Black Cat describes his tenderness of heart was even so conspicuous as to make me the jest of his companions The Black Cat pg390 He is quite a
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