Crime and Punishment - Death of the Pawnbroker

Writing the story about Roskolnikov, and his interior struggles, Dostoevsky takes us inside Roskolnikov's mind.  Why was he (like the "Underground Man") living as though he were in solitary confinement even when he was a free man?

Was it life within an authoritarian state, with its stifling bureaucratic control and lack of individual freedom, which crushed the spirits of people? Did that situation play some role in Roskolnikov's decision to take control over the life of someone else - even if for the purpose of snuffing it out?

According to Professor Jones, Dostoevsky had learned - during his Siberian-prison days - that men are capable of going to extremes (including extreme aggression) just to assert their own individuality.   

In this scene, Roskolnikov commits an act of extreme aggression - the murder of Alyona Ivanovna, the old pawnbroker. 

See, also:

Dostoevsky - Great Writer of the Modern World  

Dostoevsky - Crime and Punishment  

Crime and Punishment - The Murder Scene  

Crime and Punishment - Raskolnikov

Crime and Punishment - Alienation  

Crime and Punishment - Suffering  

Dostoevsky - The Underground Man

AND ... See:

Brothers Karamazov, in 15 parts

Media Credits

From the British television series, "The Modern World: Ten Great Writers." 

This video clip is from the episode, "Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment," which originally aired on 24 January 1988.  Online, courtesy BFI and YouTube.

David Hinton

David Hinton

Professor John Jones
Merton College, Oxford

Ian McDiarmid

Katy Behean

Mrs. Marmeladov:
Mair Coleman

Charlie Drake

Douglas Hodge

Timothy Spall

Old Woman (Alyona Ivanovna):
Ann Way

Underground Man:
Patrick Malahide

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