Crime and Punishment

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How St. Petersburg represents Raskolinkov’s State of Mind Devvyn E. Rhodes I.B. English, P.2 Woodrow Wilson High School Woodrow Wilson High School

Abstract In the book Crime and Punishment the author, Feodor Dostoevsky tells a story about a man named Raskolinkov that struggles with an internal and external decision making that leads him to committing a murder. Changing his state of mind as he dwells in the city of St. Petersburg, the author provides the reader with a suggestion of representation between the main character, Raskolinkov and the city of St. Petersburg. The representation of the city being a ruin, and as well Raskolinkovs mind. I found how his mind struggles, as well the city of St. Petersburg struggles on a loose foundation of poverty, moral decay, and chaos.

How St. Petersburg represents Raskolinkov’s State of Mind
In the first page Feodore Dostoevsky’s “Crime and Punishment”, the city of St. Petersburg is resembled as a low down, dirty, and stifling place to be where men squander around bars blatantly drunk, where women sell themselves on corners for a cheap price; where children have looks of despair written across their faces, as they beg on the streets, digging through the trash cans for a chance of finding some food to stay alive (1). This is an example of a city that is falling to its ruins. Ruins are the leftovers of what there once was, and signifies as the situation that had once occurred in that time and place. These ruins of St. Petersburg represent Raskolinkovs state of mind, because it serves as a symbol of his moral decay, and his loss of internal control. This effects back on a symbol of society being in complete chaos. As Raskolinkov changes his life into a bad direction, he loses himself in his emotions and new ideas. Revealing how important…...

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