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Crime and Punishment and Redemption

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Genres: Fiction, Classics

Redemption. We all seek redemption. Most of us are seeking it from our past self for an idealistic future self in various forms. Writing Crime and Punishment for Fyodor Dostoyevsky is a creative redemption from his past and some of his brother, originally titled The Drunkards. Dostoyevsky became fond of this project and rewrote a version of it from scratch, that we take in our hands today and proudly read.

From the start of the novel, the author accomplishes to decipher that the protagonist, Raskolnikov, is tortured by his own thoughts. A student, as many, poverty-stricken, plans an instantaneous murder of an old pawnbroker, thinking it will delay his poverty for few more weeks, completely ignorant of the aftermath and having minimal self-control. This act of morality follows an aftermath which turns out to be psychological for Raskolnikov and the author spots an absolute scenario of what happens after one stands on the brink of insanity using Raskolnikov as his puppet until the protagonist is bring in contact with his own buried conscience and another sufferer. On the engagement of the book and one’s mind, one will indulge in it actively enough as the plot moves forward.

There is suspense in the novel no doubt. Dostoyevsky, in some amount succeeds in the main theme which he tries to revolve around the story: redemption. Characters like Raskolnikov do have a place in a reader’s mind once they have acquired his attention, for longer period of time. But novels like itself, fails to provide strong reasoning for characters who prove to be a drag thoughtout it. I am not going to name a few, you have to read it and judge it for yourself. My assessment is this, when moving forward the path author wants it to and so does the reader, then why a writer like Dostoyevsky would use elements to create a labyrinth, a maze which has no possible point to prove through the novel and does proves to be unnecessary?

My only concern as a reader of Dostoyevsky is that he fails to explore what he started in this novel but in the end reaches the same conclusion that every reader would. Because we are all humans, and we seek redemption from our past being (as I mentioned at the opening), neither Dostoyevsky nor Raskolnikov are different form from us in that case. The path to seek is a choice and is based on the previous choices since life itself is a choice. The epilogue of this novel is something I am not going to forget for most of my time since I saw dim, even in the state of servitude, a promising regeneration of oneself.

3 out of 5!


8 Replies to “Crime and Punishment and Redemption”

    • I haven’t read Brothers Karamazov, one failed attempt last year, but will soon be picking it up. I like this book, it has a strong message, but the someway, in my opinion, the author fails to explore the theme to its fullest or it was meant like this.

  • Personally I enjoyed this one, the beginning was brilliant, although all the names confused me by being a bit too similar. Borthers will be my next Dostoyevsky too.

  • I enjoyed C & P but I read it while living in Russia. It was possible to follow the trail of places in the novel although the entrance to the murder sisters’ flat had been moved to reduce the number of ‘visitors’. It was possible to find it though and I climbed the staircase as far as the front door but it felt creepy! Russian novels are written on a huge canvas but that’s what Russia is, vast. Fascinating history with the feeling that buildings dominate events.

    • Wow! I did not know that the setting existed in real. What a good feeling it’d have been for you to visit while/after just reading the book!
      May be someday, I’ll like to visit the place myself. Thanks for letting me know that it exists.

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