What could drive someone to kill in cold blood? What might pass through a murderer’s mind? And, more importantly… what kind of a society breeds such people?
Over 150 years ago, author Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky took up these questions in what would become one of the best-known works of Russian literature: ‘Crime and Punishment’, and in this video, Alex Gendler eloquently digs into its exploration of alienation, morality and redemption.
Not exactly what you would call an ‘easy read’, the story focuses on the mental anguish and moral dilemmas of Rodion Raskolnikov, an impoverished ex-student in 19th-century Saint Petersburg who formulates a plan to kill an unscrupulous pawnbroker for her money.
Before the killing, Raskolnikov believes the money will liberate him from poverty, allowing him to go on to perform great deeds. But following the murder, his justifications for the crime disintegrate completely before his guilt, horror and being confronted with the real-world consequences of his actions.
View the original video here.
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