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Crime and Punishment

Crime and Punishment

by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Justice and Judgment Quotes

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Quote #4

[Dounia:] "Trust me in this matter and, believe me, I shall be capable of judging impartially." (4.2.69)

We believe you Dounia! She wasn't quite so impartial when judging Svidrigaïlov, and it got her in a heap of trouble, but she gives Luzhin every chance to even pretend to be a decent guy before she kicks him to the curb.

Quote #5

[Luzhin:] "On the contrary, you'll have to answer, gentlemen, for violently obstructing the course of justice." (5.3.70)

Even though Sonia is judged innocent of Luzhin's accusations due to Andrey Semyonovitch's sharp eyes, and fearless tongue, justice is not done for Sonia, and Luzhin doesn't have to suffer for his crime. Nonetheless, it is probably the closest thing to a "feel good" moment we get in the novel. It might not give us full blown justice, but perhaps, at least, a hope of justice.

Quote #6

"Good God!" [Katerina] cried with flashing eyes, "is there no justice upon earth? Whom should you protect if not us orphans?" (5.4.76)

The novel is obsessed with the lack of justice for children, particularly orphans, as is Raskolnikov. This is a sentiment to which we can all relate. So long as children are suffering in the world, it's hard to think of it as a place where "fairness" and "justice" have meaning.

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