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Published on Jul 11, 2019
Raskolnikov is a poor, young, former student in Saint Petersburg who plots to kill a dishonest pawnbroker for her money. He justifies this by citing the good he can perform with the money, saying that not only would that makeup for the deed, but it would also rid the world of an undesirable person. He sees this as an experiment to weight his theory that some people are instinctively able to commit acts such as murder and thus have a responsibility to do so. Feeling that killing is acceptable if the end result is noble in nature, Raskolnikov compares himself to Napoleon Bonaparte.
“Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart. The really great men must, I think, have great sadness on earth.” ― Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment👺