Crime and Punishment is considered by many to be the first of
Fyodor Dostoevsky's great books. Crime and Punishment is a psychological
account of a crime. The crime is double murder. A book about such a broad
subject can be made powerful and appealing to our intellectual interests if
there is a link between the reader, the action, and the characters.
Doestoevsky makes all these links at the right places. The action takes
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the thoughts of both these characters. The reader is able to feel close to
all the characters and this contributes to making Crime and Punishment the
kind of tale that it is. Dostoevsky has successfully created two
characters that realize that they are alike yet they also know that they
can never be the same because one is willing to suffer as suffering leads
to salvation while the other, in a cowardly fashion, commits suicide.