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Freud states that there are three components of ones psyche or mind the id ego and superego Simply put The id is what the person wants to do the ego is what the person can do and the superego is what the person should do In the novel Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky the protagonist Rodion Romanovitch Raskolnikov must overcome these three parts of his subliminal inner self before he can take action of any sort He cannot act or accomplish anything significant without first progressing through and overcoming his psyche or rather8230his psychosis This truth is found to be evident both when he commits the murder of the old pawnbroker and when he goes through his repentance process directly after the murder in which he becomes reborn and discovers his final realization of love Raskolnikovs first major action in the book is when he kills the pawnbroker Alyona Ivanovna He sets up a pattern in overcoming his psyche which he continues to follow throughout the rest of the novel The first tri-part of Raskolnikovs mind that is confronted and conquered is his id followed by the superego and finally the ego The id is the place were ones mind stores its instinctual urges and desires This component of the psyche seeks gratification with no regard for consequences Raskolnikov has always had his philosophical ideas about superior or extraordinary persons and ordinary or inferior persons and the rights and privileges of each one It is when he first hears of the pawnbroker that his idea for the project -the murder of the wretched old woman- is planted He fantasizes and plots non-committaly about how it would be done even discussing his thoughts and suppositions with his fianc He would like to exterminate the old woman to prove his theory -to prove he is an extraordinary person- but when the morality of the situation is questioned he still cannot find a way to rationalize it
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