"Oh What a Tangled Web We Weave..."
In Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoevsky guides his readers through the mind of an axe murderer. Believing himself to be above common law and common man, Raskolnikov proclaims himself "extraordinary." To prove to the world that he is someone special, he commits a murder, not expecting punishment. By Part VI, however, Raskolnikov seeks redemption, realizing it is the only way he can have a relationship with Sonia. To
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police station and "[drops] on a chair, [keeping] his eyes fixed on Ilya Petrovitch" (541) He first drinks some water, trying to find his voice. At last he gets past his pride and confesses. Raskolnikov is sentences to eight years in Siberia. He begins to find redemption, overcome his pride, and realizes he is not extraordinary after all.
Dostoevsky, Fyodor. Crime and Punishment. Trans. Constance Garnett, New York: P F Collier and Son Company, 1917.