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Crime and Punishment
Ah, Raskolnikov, why you gotta be like that? I would really love to know enough about psychology to be able to diagnose this part-time calculating murderer who also gives his last monies to destitute widows, struggling students, and starving children. The criminal with a heart of gold? While Raskolnikov's reasons for ax-murdering two women are pretty twisted (he sees himself as one of The Greats, like Napoleon, and therefore his actions will bring about a better social good and will not be punishable), his mental state afterward shows some pretty interesting behaviors. Raskolnikov seems more concerned about getting caught than truly sorry for his crime, I think he finally confesses because he is sick of living with the fear, and not necessarily the guilt (and his emotion-less statements during his trial seem to corroborate that idea). Excellent read, lots of moral meat and philosophical contemplation.
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