Secondary School Students
The 2nd Runner Up of English Senior Section
|Name of School |: Wa Ying College |
|Name of Award Student |: Chow Tsz Yin, Amelia |
|Title of Book Read |: Crime and Punishment |
|Author |: Fyodor Dostoyevsky |
|Publisher |: Penguin |
On the surface, Crime and Punishment is the story of a murder, set in the city of St. Petersburg, then the Russian capital. It is not, however, a murder mystery: we know the murderer’s identity from the very beginning. Moreover, although Dostoyevsky depicts the crime and the environment in which it takes place with great realism, he is more interested in the psychology of the murderer than in the external specifics of the crime.
Raskolnikov plans to murder and rob an old woman. After the visit, Raskolnikov feels miserable, so he stops at a tavern for a drink. There he meets a drunk named Marmeladov who tells him how his daughter Sonya became a prostitute to support her family. Raskolnikov helps Marmeladov home, and he is touched by the pitiful scene of poverty he sees there. After leaving the family some money, he returns to his cramped room. The next day, Raskolnikov receives a letter from his mother. She informs him that Raskolnikov's sister Dunya is set to marry a bachelor named Luzhin. Raskolnikov realizes that his mother and sister are counting on Luzhin to give him financial assistance after the wedding. As he sees it, Dunya is sacrificing herself for him, a sacrifice that reminds him of... [continues]
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