Crime and Punishment Paper and Outline - Maria Ledden AP...

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Maria Ledden AP Lit p.8 Crime and Punishment paper and outline Outline: Character: Luzhin Introduction: Crime and Punishment explores causes and effects of an individual’s isolation from society. Raskolnikov’s actions are responsible for isolating him initially, but his reactions to his environment after committing the murders is more of a determining factor in his alienation. Not only are his relationships with his family and friends affected, but he is also inhibited from forming normal, natural bonds with people he comes into contact with during and after his delirium. Thesis: Raskolnikov’s general isolation from society is mirrored in his determination to be independent of Luzhin. Raskolnikov wants to be free of Luzhin because he doesn’t like the man and because he disagrees with Luzhin on many levels and will not allow his own pride to be wounded. I. Moral Issues A. Raskolnikov disagrees with Dunya’s selling herself for his future’s sake. Quotes: p. 43 “for her brother, for her mother, she will sell herself!” B. Raskolnikov doesn’t trust Luzhin’s motives for marrying Dunya. Quotes: p. 41 “’a practical man and seems kind”…oh, yes, he’s kind!” (sarcasm) p. 152 “is it true…it’s best to take a wife up from destitution, so that you can lord it over her afterwards?” II. Pride A. They can manage without Luzhin; Raskolnikov doesn’t want Luzhin’s help in return for Dunya. Quotes: p. 43-44 “his happiness can be arranged…his whole fate can be secured…I don’t want your sacrifice, Dunechka!” p.44 “Did you know, Dunechka, that Sonechka’s lot is in no way worse than yours with Mr. Luzhin?” B. Raskolnikov is resentful because he wasn’t consulted about the marriage Marfa Patrovna arranged between Luzhin and Dunya.
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Quotes: p. 40 “No, mama, no, Dunya, you won’t deceive me!” Conclusion: Raskolnikov perfects his self-alienation by assuming that his “super man” theory applies to himself and trying to act on his special privilege. Humans aren't meant to be isolated creatures, because when one is isolated for whatever reason, unnatural events, such as murder, result. In a perfect world, similar to how revolutionaries in Russia at the time were thinking, no one would be isolated for any reason and everyone would live harmoniously. Because of our human nature, however, we classify ourselves and others into groups: the basis of society.
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