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By Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Crime and Punishment is a singular by means of Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

Crime and Punishment makes a speciality of the psychological agony and ethical dilemmas of Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov, an impoverished St. Petersburg ex-student who formulates and executes a plan to kill a hated, unscrupulous pawnbroker for her cash, thereby fixing his monetary difficulties and whilst, he argues, ridding the area of an evil, valueless parasite.

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An important turning point in Jim舗s relation to the past occurs while he is a college student studying the classics. Struck by Virgil舗s 舠melancholy reflection舡 that 舠the best days are the first to flee舡 (p. 159), Jim associates this sentiment of loss with his own memories of the prairie, which he finds crowding upon him during his studies. Virgil舗s phrase, 舠Optima dies ... prima fugit,舡 which is also the epigraph for My Ɠntonia, is taken from the Georgics, a pastoral depiction of rural life. With this reference to Virgil, Cather places her novel in dialogue with the traditions of pastoral literature, which tend to idealize country life as simple, virtuous, and pure.

135-136). Here Jim does indeed regret that Antonia remains out of erotic reach, but the reader must supply much of the meaning that informs this regret, since Jim remains quite reticent about his inner life. In the first dream, Ɠntonia is associated with innocent games of childhood in which gender difference seems to be completely absent. They are like two boys at play, especially because Jim calls Antonia 舠Tony,舡 the nickname Cather deploys elsewhere in the novel when she wishes to emphasize Ɠntonia舗s androgyny, such as when she works as a field hand on her family舗s farm.

When Jim Burden, the narrator of My Ɠntonia, first arrives on the prairie, he is profoundly shaken by the featureless void into which he feels he has been marooned: There seemed to be nothing to see; no fences, no creeks or trees, no hills or fields. If there was a road, I could not make it out in the faint starlight. There was nothing but land: not a country at all, but the material out of which countries are made.... I had the feeling that the world was left behind, that we had got over the edge of it, and were outside man舗s jurisdiction....

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