Killing for Human Life

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Emmanuel J. Crespo
Ms. Coleman
Honors World Literature
April 13, 2016
Killing for Human Life
An analysis of the justification for criminality with the argument that it will better humanity in Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment. Crime towards humanity has never been rightly justified, but it seems as if the crime towards humanity misinterprets the goal of the crime. Criminals would like to believe that their crimes were done for humanity rather than towards humanity. Fyodor Dostoevsky exposes the argument of bettering humanity as a scapegoat for criminality in his novel, Crime and Punishment.
The wealthy and those in poverty have had a strong dissonance for hundreds of thousands of years, usually caused by envy and frustration of the poor and the arrogance and lack of empathy of the rich. Raskolnikov, frustrated that he could not finish his studies in law and had to drop out of law school, has grown a type of soft hatred to the pawnbroker, Alyona Ivanovna. Due to her wealth and unfair treatment to the people that pawn items to her, Raskolnikov undoubtedly turns his soft hate into violent thoughts. He envisioned murdering her and taking her money, but the moral side of him always brought a sense of disgust to his own thoughts, and Raskolnikov would not want to go through with the crime. Although he tried to take the idea off his mind, the struggle of him having owe the landlady dues as well as him already behind on payments, Raskolnikov’s thought turned to a plan, but he still could not go through with it. Raskolnikov needed a good reason in committing the crime that would not come out as purely selfish. There was a consistency of the thought of humanity that always seemed to spark his plan back on his mind and Raskolnikov would once again envision himself doing the crime. In the novel, Crime and Punishment, Raskolnikov says, “Kill her, take her money…...

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