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The extraordinaryhave the right to commit all kinds of crimes and to transgress the law in all kinds of ways for the simple reason that they are extraordinary 1 Dostoyevskys main characters are divided into two philosophical categories The first group maintains that man is not equal but divided into two groups--the ordinary and the extraordinary Ordinary people are trapped within the laws and traditions of society existing only to reproduce their own kind The extraordinary on the other hand have the moral right to break the law if their transgression is for the betterment of humanity The second group believes that all people are equalthere is no ubermensch or superior man who has the right to harm others for personal gain Dostoyevsky opposed the ubermensch theory revealing this in his portrayal of characters Those who upheld the idea of a Superman appeared negative while opponents were regarded with admiration Svidrigalov in Crime and Punishment and Fyodor Karamazov in The Brothers Karamazov were proponents of the Superman idea Svidrigalov is the epitome of this philosophical outlook at an extreme His sole objective was to satisfy his physical desires no matter what means were necessary to achieve his goals Rumors had circulated connecting him to the death of a servant as well as the suicide of a fourteen-year-old deaf-mute girl One day the girl was found hanging in the garrett Peter Petrovich explained The verdict was suicidebut a later report came to light that the child had been cruelly outraged by Svidrigalov 2 He was known to abuse his wife and was suspected of giving her a beating which eventually led to her death He insisted however that they enjoyed a good relationship at least according to his definition During our seven years together I used the switch only twice in all not counting a third time that was extremely ambiguous anyway he explained to Raskolnikov 3 Svidrigalov stopped at nothing in his attempt to seduce
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