Evil, a Force Deserving of Punishment What are the best ways to justify a crime? What if that crime were murder? And what sort of punishment would be necessary if that crime wasn’t justified? In the novel Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky multiple characters do immoral or outright evil deeds, but often attempt to justify their actions. Three of the characters who do evil and seek to justify their actions are Rodion Raskolnikov, Sonia, and Svidrigailov. Raskolnikov is the first “criminal” who commits a crime. Early on in the novel, he murders Alyona Ivanovna and her innocent sister Lizaveta Ivanovna and steals several of their items. Raskolnikov however seeks to justify his murders with the belief that his actions had a higher purpose and by mentally connecting himself to individuals such as Napoleon Bonaparte. He also holds a belief that with Alyona Ivanoyna’s money he can do good actions, providing a counter-balance to his earlier, murderous deeds. Despite these attempts at justification, Raskolnikov still throughout the novel struggles with the internal conflict of whether his actions were right or wrong and whether he should turn himself in, something that in the end, Raskolnikov does. In the end, Raskolnikov finds that murder is not justifiable, and is sentenced to eight years of servitude in Siberia for his crime. Sonia is another individual depicted who commits evil, but tries to justify her actions. Sonia’s family is poor and her father is a drunkard, yet she finds a way to keep her family fed. Sonia’s poor living situation forces her to work as a prostitute in order to feed her family. Despite her sinful career, she has no choice but to prostitute with no one able or willing to assist her and her family. Not only does she do evil in order to keep her family fed, but upon learning of Raskolnikov’s crime, she encourages him to confess and is a source of moral strength for him. Sonia is an individual who had no choice but to do some evil to survive, and when confronted with moral issues elsewhere, remains an honest and positive character. The final character who commits actions on both ends of the moral spectrum is Svidrigailov. On one side he is a cruel individual, who is accused of murder and rape, while on the other hand he does random acts of charity. When he first learns of Raskolnikov’s crimes, he does not go to the police, but instead uses the information to torment Raskolnikov cruelly. When he is rejected by Dunya who tells him that she could never love him, he commits suicide instead of working through his problems in a…
the problem of evil?
‘Physical pain, mental suffering and moral wickedness. The last is one of the causes of the first two, for an enormous amount of human pain arises from people’s inhumanity. This pain includes such major scourges as poverty, oppression and persecution, war and all the injustice, indignity and inequalities that have occurred through history.’ This written by John Hick in Philosophy of Religion and this quote defined what evil and suffering was. The problem of evil and suffering…
After DNA testing, Damon was proved innocent (After fifteen years 1). Many innocent people wait years on death row much like Damon, but only some of them are proven innocent after it is already too late. Innocent lives have been lost due to capital punishment, which was first and foremost an exercise of state power that legitimated government authority and controlled crime; overall whose right is it to choose who lives and who dies?
The death penalty was started to help control crime, protect the…
Scholarships For The Deserving
In today’s economy and current job market, receiving a college degree is now more important than ever. While a college degree is more important to getting a job it is also becoming increasingly difficult for many incoming students to pay for their tuition. There are currently two forms of scholarships: merit based, and need based. Everyone that attends college should be there because they deserve to…
occurs. Although, some evilness is not intentional, it is just a part of our life cycle that evil happens in our lives, world and everything around us. What is the problem of evil? The Problem of Evil is the problem of reconciling the existence of the evilness in the world with the existence of a perfect God who’s omniscient (all-knowing) and omnipotent (all-powerful). 1 The fact that the problem of Evil actually exists makes people believe that there is no such existence of a perfect God. This argument…
both perceived as outcasts and doomed to be remembered by this forever. The the reasons for the consequences that are imposed on the two beings are very different. The intentions of the actions produce a vital and important distinction between the evils that Cain and Grendel commit.
The green monster of jealousy is culpable of Cain’s rash decision to kill his brother Abel. The Lord favors Abel’s offerings of at from the first born sheep of his flock over Cain’s offerings of fruits. In God’s eyes…
“Does evil exist and if it does, is this a problem?”
It has been universally accepted that evil exists in this world. Whether it be moral evil or natural evil, many people blame the ‘force’ for their misfortune. A reason for this is that religious believers, such as Christians, believe that the devil is the root of said evil and therefore make him liable for anything bad that happens to them. Christians believe that the reason for evil existing in the world is due to human beings being born with…
Evil is defined by the oxford dictionary as
“(Of a force or spirit)
with the forces of the
house strongly believes that people should
not be labelled as evil.
Firstly I will explain how many people
perceived as evil are actually victims of
mental disorders. I will then argue that it is
unfair to call someone evil as evil is an
absolute term and no one is entirely evil.
The second speaker for our team is William
who will be discussing…
Capital punishment is and has been a major discussion point for many years and I personally believe it is time to bring it back. Not only will it lower the level of crime rates but it may also grant the victims’ families a bit of justice. Capital punishment should be brought back but only be used for the worst of crimes so it will only take place for the most heartless criminals. Although the death penalty may seem like a good option to put off crimes the statistics show otherwise…
CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IN AMERICA
The history of the death penalty is long and varied. Since human ethics and moral values are constantly evolving, so have our views on punishment and the death penalty.
All we know about punishment and retribution has been passed down to us through common law. Capital punishment passed into the American justice system through English Common Laws. Crime and punishment played an important role in the settlements of Colonial America. “Two of the most important…
Problem with Evil in Paradise Lost
The idea of evil in John Milton’s, “Paradise Lost” is tricky because it makes for several problems that we see throughout the poem. The question that stems from this is, “Why is evil a thing? Why is there evil in the world?” These questions of course then lead us to the questions, “Why did God unchain Satan in Hell?” and “Why not just keep Satan Good in the first place?” For God, keeping Satan chained to the lake of fire would have been no problem and evil would have…