By Fyodor Dostoyevsky
A afflicted younger guy commits the precise crime: the homicide of a vile pawnbroker whom nobody will pass over. Raskolnikov is determined for cash, yet he convinces himself that his cause for the homicide is to profit mankind. So starts off a sad novel that illuminates the everlasting fight among human feelings and hope, and the tough legislation of ethics and justice. half mystery and half philosophical meditation, it is a penetrating examine the center of human nature.
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The old crone came back. “Here you are, dearie: if it’s ten kopecks to the rouble per month, you’ll owe me fifteen kopecks on a rouble and a half for the month to come, sir. And you also owe me twenty kopecks by the same reckoning for the previous two roubles. That makes thirty-five altogether. I now owe you altogether one rouble and fifteen kopecks for your watch. ” “What! ” The young man did not argue and took the money. . . . . . ” He became confused and fell silent. . ” he asked as casually as he could, walking out to the entryway.
In what sort of world can Lazarus be raised from the dead? Such an event violates all the laws of reason and nature. ” Raskolnikov the schismatic, the man of reason, the would-be “strong individual,” stands between Sonya and Svidrigailov and cannot make up his mind. Even at the end his pride rises up against this world that he thinks has defeated him by means of some blind mechanism. But the part of him which is not bound by reason, and from which he is so terribly separated, has begun to work against his will.
You bring me trifles, dearie, in my opinion it’s not worth anything. ” “Give me four roubles anyway—I’ll redeem it, it’s my father’s. ” the young man exclaimed. ” And the old crone held the watch out to him. The young man took it and became so angry that he wanted simply to leave; but he at once thought better of it, remembering that there was nowhere else to go and that he had also come for another reason. ” he said rudely. The old crone felt in her pocket for her keys and went into the other room behind the curtain.