Title: Crime and Punishment
Crime and PunishmentÂ focuses on the mental anguish and moralÂ dilemmasÂ ofÂ Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov, an impoverished ex-student inÂ St. PetersburgÂ who formulates and executes a plan to kill an unscrupulousÂ pawnbrokerÂ for her money. Raskolnikov argues that with the pawnbroker’s money he can perform good deeds to counterbalance the crime, while ridding the world of a worthlessÂ parasite. He also commits thisÂ murderÂ to test his own hypothesis that some people are naturally capable of, and evenÂ have the rightÂ to, do such things. Several times throughout the novel, Raskolnikov justifies his actions by connecting himself mentally withÂ Napoleon Bonaparte, believing that murder is permissible in pursuit of a higher purpose.
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