Crime and Punishment

Fyodor Dostoevsky

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How to Cite This SparkNote

Bloom, Harold, ed. Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment. New York: Chelsea House Publishers, reprint edition 2003.

Frank, Joseph. Dostoevsky. 5 vols. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1979–2003.

Grossman, Leonid Petrovich. Dostoevsky: A Biography. Trans. Mary Mackler. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill Co., 1975.

Magarshack, David. Dostoevsky. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, 1963.

Miller, Robin Feuer, ed. Critical Essays on Dostoevsky. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1986.

Sekirin, Peter, ed. The Dostoevsky Archive: Firsthand Accounts of the Novelist from Contemporaries’ Memoirs and Rare Periodicals. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., 1997.

Terras, Victor. Reading Dostoevsky. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1998.

Tuten, Frederic. Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment. New York: Monarch Press, 1966.

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Raskolnikov's reaction

by Jojo1618, July 25, 2012

When Raskolnikov decides not to let his sister's marriage happen, he takes on the role of a typical big brother. He thinks no one is good for his sister, in addition to feeling that she is doing it for him. He is egocentric and his reaction really mirrors what any big brother would do who does not want his baby sister to marry an idiot.


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Pulcheria's Letter

by taylor197, August 09, 2012

When Raskolnikov (Rask) gets his mother's letter, she explains that her pension is small but may be just enough to help out her son. Next, she tells him that his sister, Dounia, is getting married to a slightly arrogant business man, Pyotr.

Rask despises what's happening to his family. He doesn't take a "big brother" stance, but is simply angry that Pyotr is using the family's poverty to get a "legal concubine". Raskhas a large amount of pride in himself seeing that he won't accept any of Pulcheria's pension and later gives money... Read more


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Marmeladov's Monologue

by Rero37, September 03, 2012

(Starting from Part 1, Page 12 of the last paragraph)

- Marmeladov's Monologue is a very important part of the story, simply because it helps set the pace for the rest of the story.

Raskolnikov had just come into a bar, regardless of how crowded it was, and the first person to talk to him is this drunk, strange man, named Marmeladov and he's the first person he's actually wanted to talk with in a long time. A drunkard is known to speak his mind and he began to give this long monologue about how he resembles a beast, how he 'lus... Read more


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