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A.P. Prompt Crime and Punishment Some of the most significant events in a novel are mental or psychological; for example awakenings, discoveries, changes in consciousness. In a well-organized essay, describe how the author manages to give these internal events the sense of excitement, suspense, and climax usually associated with external action. Outline 1. Introduction 2. First Dream 3. Second and Third Dream 4. Final Dream Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment brings forward many instances of psychological struggle in Raskolnikov's spiritual journey toward redemption. Dostoevsky uses Raskolnikov's four main dreams to signify certain important details in his journey and through his struggles. Raskolnikov's first dream addresses his first conflictions with himself on his motives and whether or not they are justifiable. ...read more.


firm belief in his 'superman' theory, that unlike ordinary people, 'supermen' are entitled to break existing laws and make their own laws. This 'superman' theory, and Raskolnikov's views on it change throughout the novel, and this initial recognition of what it means in his spiritual journey is important for Raskolnikov's character development. The second and third dreams present a very important connection with the turning point in Raskolnikov's beliefs. In his second dream, Raskolnikov sits in his room, listening with horror to the landlady being beaten up by Ilya Petrovich. Unlike in the first dream when he as a young boy tried to prevent the cruel murder of the mare, he sits dormant, in fear, hearing the landlady being beaten up. ...read more.


In his final dream, a virus sweeps the country. The virus causes its victims to suffer a madness except for a select few who are destined to have new life, to renew and purify the earth, but who could not be heard or seen. This gets Raskolnikov thinking that he is not one of the 'superhumans' he thought he was. In his dreams and through his subconscious beliefs, the reader can see that Raskolnikov does have feelings of deep guilt, although he is an egoist and doesn't say it himself. Through his dreams, Raskolnikov himself recognizes that his initial beliefs are wrong. Dostoevsky adds a great deal of suspense and excitement through the steady spiritual journey Raskolnikov takes to finally decide that his initial beliefs are wrong. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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