CliffsNotes on Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment

CliffsNotes on Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment

CliffsNotes on Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment

CliffsNotes on Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment

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Raskolnikov, an impoverished student, conceives of himself as being an extraordinary young man and then formulates a theory whereby the extraordinary men of the world have a right to commit any crime if they have something of worth to offer humanity. To prove his theory, he murders an old, despicable pawnbroker and her half-sister who happened to come upon him suddenly. Immediately after the crime, he becomes ill and lies in his room semi-conscious for several days. When he recovers, he finds that a friend, Razumihkin, had looked for him. While he is recovering, he receives a visit from Luzhin, who is engaged to Raskolnikov’s sister, Dunya. Raskolnikov insults Luzhin and sends him away because he resents Luzhin’s domineering attitude toward Dunya.

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