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Feodor Dostoevsky Essay Examples

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Dreams in Feodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment
Dreams are one of the great mysteries of human life. We all have them,
often times we can recall exactly what happened during them, yet no one can
definitively state the reason why our mind creates the images it does. Many
psychologists and psychiatrists alike believe that dreams are a vivid
gateway into an individual's inn...
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Character Analysis of Raskolnikov in Crime and Punishment by Feodor Dostoevsky
The main character of the novel Crime and Punishment by Feodor Dostoevsky, Raskolnikov, is in reality has two totally contradicting personalities. One part of him is intellectual. He is cold, unfeeling and inhumane. He exibits tremendous self-will. It is this side that enables him to commit the most terrible crime imaginabl...
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An Essay on the Main Character of Crime and Punishment by Feodor Dostoevsky
Crime and Punishment by Feodor DostoevskyThe main character of the novel Crime and Punishment by Feodor Dostoevsky, Raskolnikov, is in reality two totally contradicting personalities. One part of him is the the intellectual. He is cold, unfeeling and inhumane. He exibits tremendous self-will. It is this side that enables hi...
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An Introduction to the Portrayal of Evil in Literature
Evil is a character in nature that is marked by bad moral qualities bringing about harm and misfortune. In a rational world, with a superior goal demanding righteousness and peace, evil disrupts society and results in sorrow, distress, or calamity. Evil is an almighty force of nature that has forever corrupted societies rel...
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Two Versions of Christianity in Dostoevsky's Book The Grand Inquisitor
In Dostoevsky’s book “The Grand Inquisitor” he develops two versions of Chrisitianity. One is the Roman catholic version which is represented by the G.I. or Grand Inquisitor and the other is the Protestant version represented by the Christ-like figure. The whole dialogue begins when the GI has thrown the Christ-like figu...
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The Alienation of Raskolnikov in Crime and Punishment
“He [Raskolnikov] found all people he met repulsive—their faces, their manner of walking, their movements were repulsive to him” (Dostoevsky 135). This statement by author Fyodor Dostoevsky presents an apparent view of the misanthropic ideas in the mind of the flawed protagonist of Crime and Punishment, Rodion Raskolnikov....
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An Analysis of the Characters in Crime and Punishment
Raskolnikov, our main character in Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky, commits a horrid crime murder and we see his guilt and suffering as he tries to live with what he has done. He justifies his actions with a theory of the “Extraordinary Man”, yet he forgets to mention the extraordinary women! Sonia, known mainly as the p...
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Christian Symbolism in Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment
Christianity in Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment: An Overview Fyodor Dostoyevsky wrote, " If someone succeded in proving to me that Christ was outside the truth, and if, indeed, the truth was outside Christ, then I would sooner remain with Christ than with the truth" (Frank 68). It was by no means easy for Dost...
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An Analysis of Dostoevsky's Character by the Name of Raskolnikov
THE SUBJECT is very simple. A man conceives the idea of committing a crime; he matures it, commits the deed, defends himself for some time from being arrested, and finally gives himself up to the expiation of it. For once, this Russian artist has adopted the European idea of unity of action; the drama, purely psychological,...
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Physical and Mental Suffering in Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment
In the novel Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky, suffering is an integral part of every character's role. However, the message that Dostoevsky wants to present with the main character, Raskolnikov, is not one of the Christian idea of salvation through suffering. Rather, it appears to me, as if the author never lets...
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A Paper on the Character of Smerdyakov in Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov
Smerdyakov Dostoevsky first presents Smerdyakov, in The Brothers Karamazov, in Book 3 of Part 1. The author divulges details of the conception of the fourth son of Fyodor Pavovich Karamazov. Late on a September evening, a drunk Fyodor, by modern standards, "rapes" a homeless woman. Stinking Lizaveta, the victi...
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An Analysis of Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Fyodor Dostoevsky once stated, "Nothing is more seductive for man than his freedom of conscience. But nothing is a greater cause of suffering" (Eiermann). Existentialism insists that human life is understood in terms of one's unique experience. Thus, being nothing or accomplishing nothing in life suggests failure...
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A Comparison of Religious and Social Issues in The Brothers Karamazov and Present-Day Society
Chapter four of The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky raises some serious issues about religion and society in general. The conversation between Ivan and Aloysha provides the rationale behind the belief that one would be more reasonable and compassionate by not believing in god. Also, the morals of society come into...
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Analysis of Psychological Themes in Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Fyodor Dostoevsky's "Crime and Punishment", is a powerful psychological study filled with philosophical themes. Exploring into the depths of human mind, the author grasps the true psychology of his characters, depicting them emotionally sick and spiritually corrupt. The main character in the novel, Raskolnikov is...
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The Hardships and Life Experienced of Fyodor Dostoevsky in the Novel Crime and Punishment
Fyodor Dostoevsky drew upon his many hardships and life experiences in order to instill a sense of realism and truth into the novel Crime and Punishment. He bases many of the characters in the novel on his own life. By incorporating his own life challeges into the novel, there is a greater sense of personal reflection and e...
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Characterization in Dostoevsky's Novel Crime and Punishment
Sonja's goodness towards Roskolnikov was something that was nonetheless from the female sex. Her goodness was something natural and was meant to happen. Sonja seems to be the principle of what Dostoyevsky was looking to portray in her characteristic feelings. She seems to be the essence of all goodness through Roskolnikov's...
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A Character Analysis of Raskolnikov in Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment
Schism In Dostoevskys Crime and Punishment, the main character, Raskolnikov, goes through troubling times after making a cruel act of injustice. He suffers mental anxiety for what he has done, that leads to physical problems, all the while being torn by thoughts of who he really is. His name, raskol, in Russian means spli...
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An Analysis of Alexei Character in The Gambler by Fyodor Dostoevsky
2.) With which literary character do you most readily identify? Why? The literary character that I most readily identify with would be Dostoevsky's Alexei, The Gambler. I can relate to him because like me, he is a man of many passions. He is also all but helpless against his addiction to gambling. I have also felt...
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Salvation Through Suffering in Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
In the novel Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky, suffering is an integral part of every character's role. However, the message that Dostoevsky wants to present with the main character, Raskolnikov, is not one of the Christian idea of salvation through suffering. Rather, it appears to me, as if the author nev...
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A Summary of The First Chapter of The Literary Work "Crime and Punishment" by Fyodor Dostoevsky
CRIME AND PUNISHMENT by FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY PART I CHAPTER I On an exceptionally hot evening early in July a young man came out of the garret in which he lodged in S. Place and walked slowly, as though in hesitation, towards K. bridge. He had successfully avoided meeting his landlad...
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The Literary Themes in Coordination with the Plot in Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Not all the greatest literary works can be expected to come from the same language, culture, or origin. However, there is no ideal way to judge the ranking of a novel after translation, for many of its previous linguistic implications and references re then lost. If a book, even after translation is considered a great maste...
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An Analysis of the Character of Raskolnikov in Dostoevsky's Novel Crime and Punishment
"There is no one - no on in the whole world now so unhappy as you!" (381). Often, authors impose misery and self sacrifice upon their character to give the reader a sense of sympathy for those characters. After all, who would care about a hero who has everything going for him? Oddly enough, there is something attr...
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An Analysis of Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment
Crime and Punishment In Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment, Raskolnikov's dream about the mare can be used as a vehicle to probe deep into his mentality to discover how he really feels inside. The dream suggests that Raskolnikov is a "split" man; after all, his name in Russian means "split&quo...
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A Brief Biography and Four Major Novels by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Alfred Einstein stated: "Dostoevsky gives me more than any other thinker."1 Nicholas Berdyaev was professor of philosophy at the University of Moscow until he was expelled by the Communist regime in 1922. Berdyaev testified that Dostoevsky "stirred and lifted up my soul more than any other writer or philosoph...
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The Depiction of Fryodor Dostoevsky's Life in Crime and Punishment
Often in novels, the life of an author is reflected in his or her literature. For a writer experience can serve not only as a teacher, but also as the foundation of a story line. Some of the most well known authors have used this Romana Clef technique, for example, Charles Dickens in his famous novel, David Copperfield. The...
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