Crime and Punishment (the novel)Paper Rating: Word Count: 1812 Approx Pages: 7
In war, a solider has no room for his own personal feelings and emotions. He has to make logical decisions that will ensure his side victory, and relies on his intelligence, not his morals, to succeed. If he were to make decisions based on his desire not have people get hurt or killed, his goals would most likely not be met. In the same way, Raskolnikov, in Fyodor Dostoevsky's novel Crime and Punishment, tries to do what he knows to be logical and ignores his emotions, throwing away his own morals for the sake of a mere idea. Raskolnikov's struggle to listen to his mind rather than his heart is portrayed through his thoughts and monologues that occur as he faces many hardships. Thoughts about the strangers he meets, the people close to him, and himself, in particular, illustrate his struggle most clearly, and demonstrate Dostoevsky's idea that people sometimes cling to logic to avoid their true feelings.
From the reactions that Raskolnikov takes upon the people that he meets in Petersburg, one can see how he tries to listen to his own reasoning rather than his emotions. For example, when Raskolnikov leaves money on Marmeladov ˜s windowsill, he believes that he has done " a stupid thing â