Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

By Fyodor Dostoyevsky

A younger guy commits the suitable crime: the homicide of a vile pawnbroker whom not anyone will leave out. Raskolnikov is determined for cash, yet he convinces himself that his rationale for the homicide is to learn mankind. So starts a sad novel that illuminates the everlasting fight among human feelings and wish, and the tough legislation of ethics and justice. half mystery and half philosophical meditation, it is a penetrating examine the middle of human nature.

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Thus the physical world can guide humans舒more accurately, it allows poet-priests to guide their fellows舒toward God. Hugo believed that all creation was ordered by hierarchy as well as affinity; it consisted in an endless gradated array of all conceivable creatures, separated by infinitesimal degrees of spiritual excellence. Humans, he thought, would be rewarded or punished by being reincarnated in 舠higher舡 (angels) or 舠lower舡 (animals, plants, and objects) forms after death, depending on how meritorious their lives had been.

Hugo is elected to its Constitutional Assembly, with the support of the conservatives. With his son Charles, he founds and edits L舗 ȁvȳnement, a liberal paper that unwisely campaigns to have Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte, the nephew of the former Emperor, elected President. 1849 Hugo presides over the International Peace Conference in Paris, and delivers the first public speech that proposes the creation of a United States of Europe. EugȲne Delacroix paints the ceiling of the Louvre舗s Salon d舖Apollon.

1878 A stroke leaves Hugo incapable of composing additional literary works. 1880 After years of efforts, Hugo arranges amnesty for the Com munards, popular-front rebels in the Paris of 1871 opposed to surrender to the Prussians. Some 20,000 of them, including women and children, had been slaughtered by French government troops舒more than the total of those guillotined during the Reign of Terror in 1793. Guy de Maupassant舗s collected Contes (Stories) are published. 1881 On February 26, Hugo舗s birthday, a national holiday is proclaimed, and 600,000 marchers pass his windows.

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