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In Dostoevskii Crime and Punishment, a murder is the underlying plot. Dostoevskii's writing in the novel however can be linked to other authors work. Not that Dostoevskii stole work from other authors but that he was aware of the writings and used some of the elements of other authors. For example Porfiry Petrovich, the examiner in Crime and Punishment shares some qualities as Inspector Dupin in Edgar Allen Poe's "The Murders in the Rue Morgue." Although these characters due share some common traits they go about solving their cases totally different. This is because of the fact that the authors are not the same. Dostoevskii did not in fact steal a character from Poe, used some of the traits as one of Poe's characters.
Poe's Inspector Dupin is an intelligent individual, just like Dostoevskii's Porfiry. Dupin is different in the aspect of how he solves the crimes. Dupin himself puts his logical thoughts together in order to solve the murder. Dupin puts events that are out of the ordinary together in order to find his suspect. Dupin only has limited clues to go on. Just like Porfiry has in Dostoevskii's novel. Dupin finds a clump of hair and a straight razor. Based on these two clues alone he uses he knowledge and logical thinking to solve the murder.
Dostoevskii's Porfiry is just as intelligent in solving his case as Poe's Dupin. However Porfiry really does not have any clues to go on. He sets up scenarios to see if anything pans out. Hefirst ponders on whether the two men living above Ivanovna could have killed her. But then looks at their behavior after the murder. He notices that these men are playing a game. He feels that anyone who could have committed this crime would not be in that state after the actions that were committed. He then proceeds to set up a scenario for Raskolnikov to see. Porfiry gets one of the two men to confess. The only reason the man confessed was because …

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The character Raskolnikov in the novel Crime and Punishment is among one of the most realistic and believable characters I have ever read about. He is also the most confusing and distraught man I have been introduced to this entire year. Raskolnikov possesses the most varying personality imaginable and this makes the reasoning behind his actions a mystery, especially in the case of the murder. Determining the rationale in killing the old pawnbroker is a complex process that necessitates deep thought from the reader. It is also a difficult point to argue because Dostoevsky's novel is so intensely detailed that different readers can emphasize different aspects of the book in order to attempt to explain Raskolnikov's deeds.
Guilt as well as intellectual reasoning prove to be the main motivating factors behind the crime of Raskolnikov. Throughout the novel his actions are usually a result of his striking intelligence or his tormenting conscience, or in the situation of the murder, both. Raskolnikov's idea to kill the old pawnbroker stems from a theory he was developing. It was probable that during his studies at the university he was aquatinted with the popular philosophies of two German thinkers of the time.
One of these philosophers is George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, who had formulated a conception of an exceptional individual he called a “superman”. Hegel's superman exists for good purposes. He stands above and beyond the ordinary man and works for the good of all men. The most controversial part of this superman theory that Raskolnikov obviously adopts is the Machiavellian belief that the end justifies the mean. This means that anything that could have a beneficial outcome for many should be considered regardless of the sacrifice of the few. If the intent is noble the method will be justified. According to Hegel, any damaging part of a community should be removed, and one tiny crime will be wiped clean by the g…