You could say that Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment is a book about an ex-student turned murderer who wanders around St. Petersburg, Russia trying to save children and young women from bad men and poverty, and who eventually finds love. There are lots beatings going on in the novel, sexual violence, plenty of psychological violence, and a couple of gunshot wounds. Blood, guts, and aggression abound in this tale of bad ideas turned, well, bad. So, prepare yourself, because Dostoevsky doesn't shy away from graphic violence. This, in turn, intensifies our appreciation of the novel's kind and loving moments.
The worst violence we see in Crime and Punishment is against children.
Through its comparison of Napoleon to an axe-murderer, the novel presents an anti-war message.
Svidrigaïlov commits an act of violence against himself (suicide) to save others from his sexual and physical violence.