• Year Published: 1866.
  • Pages: 545.

Crime and Punishment Summary

The plot of the novel “Crime and Punishment” tells about a murder committed by the main character. Rodion Raskolnikov is a young man, expelled from university students and living in extreme poverty. Six months before committing his crime, Rodion wrote an article in which he expressed his principle of people separation. He was convinced that the people are divided into two categories: of the lower category and the higher category, people with a special gifts or talents. This theory had to give an answer to the question who should live and who should die?

Scheming the murder of the old woman, Raskolnikov justifies himself by the fact that with her money he could make thousands of good deeds, and most importantly get rid of poverty his mother and sister. At the same time Raskolnikov wanted to check to what category of people, according to his theory, he belongs. Having overcome all the doubts, he committed the murder, but no “good deeds” committed by him after this act did not bring him the expected satisfaction. 

At the critical moment of life, fate brought Raskolnikov to Sonia Marmeladova. By the time of their meeting, he was a criminal who committed the murder, and she was a prostitute. Each in their own way experiencing a fall and think to what end it may lead in the future. Raskolnikov immediately realised that fate itself brought him to Sonia, but together they have to go the hard way.See full document

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