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Crime and Punishment

Crime and Punishment

by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Criminality Quotes

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Quote #1

"I want to attempt a thing like that and am frightened by these trifles," [Raskolnikov] thought, with an odd smile. (1.1.5)

This is the first time we hear about Raskolnikov's bad idea. Even though most people already know a lot the book is about an axe murder before they read it, it's still creepy and mysterious.

Quote #2

[Raskolnikov] was positively going now for a "rehearsal" of his project, and at every step his excitement grew more and more violent. (1.1.9)

Uh oh. He really sounds like a criminal here. Depending on the crime, rehearsing can get you into almost as much trouble as actually committing it.

Quote #3

[Marmeladov:] "She walked straight up to Katerina Ivanovna and she laid thirty roubles on the table before her in silence." (1.1.21)

This is how Marmeladov describes Sonia's return from her first prostitution job. Though prostitution wasn't illegal in Russia during this time, Katerina and Marmeladov are committing a moral crime against Sonia by forcing her to do it.

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