Crime and Punishment
The Mystery behind the Extraordinary Man
The difference in every person in life is the mysterious past behind them, something that not everyone wants to exploit to their audience. In Crime and Punishment, the dynamic protagonist Raskolnikov commits two murders and hides the truth from those around him. Throughout the story there are extreme courses of events that drive Raskolnikov to confess to these murders and prove to the world that there is no man above the law nor can that man act as god or in other words, there is no “extraordinary man” in existence.
In the beginning poor Raskolnikov had murdered Alyona the pawn broker simply for a desire to prove his superiority to the rest of humanity. But he also claims at times that he committed the crime for utilitarian reasons, that the death of such a despicable “louse” (Dostoevsky, Fyodor. Crime and Punishment. Trans. Richard Pevear and LarissaVolokhonsky. [New York: Vintage Books, 1992] 65) would increase society’s overall happiness or that he did it solely out of a need for money. Forgetting to lock the door behind him Raskolnikov was forced to kill Alyona’s sister Lizaveta. Leaving the crime scene with the corruption of the yellow walls being tainted by blood Raskolnikov leaves the door open and exits the ‘home. This was his first taste of being an “extraordinary man” by taking life and death into his own hands and not being suspected of anything just yet.
As he continued to the next day knowing what he had done he began to change immediately. Raskolnikov had begun to feel the “disease of will” (71) which most criminals feel before they commit a crime. He questions why they leave such obvious clues in order for there to be evidence. He had to convince himself that killing Alyona was still justified. Raskolnikov believed that he was no “ordinary criminal” since he had not left any evidence behind. After the police station had sent him a summons he then believed that he was in...
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