Literary Tradition IV- Crime and Punishment

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Ryan Hogue Literary Tradition IV Fr. Maguire May 11, 2007 Philosophical Comaparisons Humans spend an amazing amount of time day dreaming about what would be there perfect life. They fantasize about having the fast car, large house, loving family, and maybe even a loyal pet. Many people extend their ideas of their perfect lives out to the people around them. They picture the world as a peaceful, happy place where everyone lives in splendid bliss. One thing that people rarely think about his how they might go about achieving that utopian vision. Fodor Dostoevsky’s character, in his novel Crime and Punishment , Raskolnikov is quite the exception to the previous statement. The story begins with Raskolnikov planning on creating a utopian society. He views himself as a sort of Russian Robin Hood, stealing from the rich and greedy, removing those pests from the earth, and giving everything back to the society. He actually moves towards realizing this dream when he murders and robs Alyona Ivanovna. The remarkable aspect of this crime is the motivation and rationale employed by Raskolnikov to justify his actions. Raskolnikov comes to represent an attempted incarnation of Nietzsche’s Übermensch or overman. Using the characters of Porfiry Petrovich and Sonya, Dostoevsky subtly critics the Übermensch philosophy through the personal struggle of Raskolnikov.
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This note was uploaded on 04/15/2008 for the course ENG 2301 taught by Professor Maguire during the Spring '08 term at Dallas.

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