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Scholarly Article

Subrata Biswas

Reversible vs. Irreversible: Pacification of Psycho-Ethical Disorder and Refurbishment of Order in Crime and Punishment

Crime and Punishment, Dostoevsky, irreversible, order, disorder, restoration.

Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment incorporates the sequence of crime, disorder, correction, and restoration of order. The novel starts with the protagonist’s psychological turmoil leading to committing two consecutive murders, then his inner conflict and psychological punishment, and his correction refurbishing the order. Raskolnikov’s desire to be extraordinary paralleling the desire to defy God destabilises the ethical and religious norm besides being psychologically impatient. His agitation finds a concrete and physical outcome through his fever and delirium and affects the outer worlds as well. However, Raskolnikov’s confession and thus being corrected restores the order along with the abolishment of the debaucher Svidrigailov.
About the Author
Subrata Biswas is an Assistant Professor at City College, Kolkata. He co-edited Peacocks in a Dream: An Anthology of Contemporary Indian English Verse. He also translated a poetry collection named The Journey. He wrote several research articles in both English and Bengali published in Spring Magazine on English Literature, Erothanatos, Kinshuk and Mukh. His areas of interest are Modern European literature, folklore and literary philosophy. Email:
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