Crime and Punishment PDF Summary

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There are certain characters that everybody recognizes by name even though they’ve not read the novels these characters “live” in.

There are authors who will be legends forever in the world of literature.

Who Should Read “Crime and Punishment”? And Why?

“Crime and Punishment” is a tale about Raskolnikov, a beautiful but poor man who decides to commit an awful crime, and the journey he takes through pain and reflection to repentance.

The problem I have with this type of opening to the book is that it makes it appear like an action or thriller novel, when it’s in reality, a complex investigation of human emotions and the psyche.

We suggest it to all fans of psychological fiction and readers who like Russian classics.

Fyodor M. Dostoevsky Biography

Fyodor M. Dostoevsky 

Fyodor M. Dostoevsky was a Russian writer and philosopher who studied the psychology of humans and social events in his writings.


The story begins as we meet Rodion Romanovich an old, sickly student who lives in a shabby apartment situated in St. Petersburg. He’s a gorgeous young man, but luck isn’t working for him and his situation is bleak. is in financial straits..

As soon as we meet him, he’s contemplating whether or not to commit a crime that is unimaginable.

We are aware that the thought that is floating around in his head must be terrible However, we do not know what he’s thinking right now.

Then we notice him overhearing conversations in where a student is discussing the pawnbroker of the past, Alyona Ivanovna as well as how our world could be a more peaceful one if she weren’t alive.

We are aware of the woman because Raskolnikov had already visited her house to take cash from her. Later, he listens to a different conversation, from which the woman is at home alone home that night.

We already know the things Raskolnikov is going to do, but we are hoping (or at the very least I hope) that he doesn’t commit the crime. But, the title of this film indicates that the opposite is true.

The next day arrives and Raskolnikov is able to accomplish what he had in mind and kills the woman. But, things don’t go according to the plan. While he’s moving from room to area trying to make money, his sister comes in.

Therefore, he must kill her too. In the event that he didn’t, he’d be discovered.

He goes back to his home with a flimsy attempt to avoid any eyewitnesses, before settling on his bed, only to awake the next day, terrified and confused.

He begins to search at the bloodstains on his clothing. The summons from the police complicates things for Raskolnikov’s brain.

But, when he gets at the police station he discovers that it is not related to the crime he was accused of however, his landlord wants him to pay for all the rent that he is owed.

In the course of questioning, Raskolnikov shows signs of guilt (he is unable to stand) as the murders of two women is mentioned. The police then begin to investigate the suspect.

Everything that follows is a multi-layered storyline which involves a variety of characters who influence the life of Raskolnikov.

What’s important about the novel is not just the way the story unfolds and the messages the author tries to communicate.

In terms of the plot goes, I think that if I told you the entire storyline of the plot, you would not be enthralled by the novel.

The greatest skill of Dostoevsky is in his method of shaping characters and layering his stories.

At the heart of “Crime and Punishment” is the issue of standing in society.

The protagonist, Raskolnikov, is a confident young man who feels superior to everyone else. Actually, his perception, at least in part is what prompted his desire to commit the most horrible crime.

He believes he is over the laws and human morality that all humans share. But his mental suffering he suffers through after committing the crime negates this notion of being superhuman.

However, Raskolnikov will not accept the guilt until the very end. He also blocks himself off to the world and the many people who attempt to help him. He is constantly mulling over the idea of the fact that his crime is justifiable in his head, trying to erase the guilt he feels.

But, of course, he will not succeed at it. It’s interesting to observe Raskolnikov’s character analysis from the outside, as seen in the words of Porfiry Petrovich, who ahead of everyone else (even prior to Raskolnikov too) considers the consequences in the event.

He is convinced that he will either confess or be insane because he will not be able to bear the guilt.

It happens exactly as he had hoped for.

The “crime” and the “punishment” in the novel is not what you think they would be. The crime takes place at the very first page of the story, while the protagonist is punished in the final chapter.

The book isn’t really about these crucial moments in the past however, it is about the process of getting there within the human brain and the complex thoughts and emotions that Raskolnikov traverses.

Crime and Punishment Epilogue

The epilogue to the book actually explains the punishment Raskolnikov is subject to and his transformation into a character due to how much love can do.

The future isn’t so dark as you would think, and even though he’s penalized for the things he’s committed but there are still hopes for a better life in the near future.

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