scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 579
Violence in literature often has a greater meaning than simply providing entertainment for the reader In great literature no scene of violence exists for its own sake the act of violence contributes to a greater meaning of the complete work Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikovs actions in Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky is an example of this Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov a desperate man thinks very highly of himself and believes that his greatness gives him the right to break the law if he chooses He is also a physical and emotional wreck afraid to do the things he wants to do Driven by his poverty and the shame of his mothers and sisters sacrifices for him he plans a bold act to kill a repulsive old pawnbroker Her murder will accomplish two things it will give him the money he needs and it will prove hes a superman However the plan backfires He kills not only his intended victim but also her mild gentle sister who returns home too early and surprises the murderer Made physically ill by the trauma of his deed Raskolnikov is cared for by his old friend Razumikhin However his behavior becomes so bizarre that everyone who meets him wonders if hes insane Unfortunately for him several police officials including Porfiry Petrovich the investigator in charge of the pawnbrokers murder hear about his self-incriminating actions He faints in the police station when the crime is discussed he returns to the scene of the crime and makes a spectacle of himself and he is obsessed with the details of the murder Even without any physical evidence against him suspicion focuses on him Is Raskolnikov a criminal who should be severely punished for his crime or a tortured young man who makes a terrible mistake in trying to understand himself Because his crime is so brutal many people think hes a repulsive self-centered monster who escapes the punishment he deserves In
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA