TOP EUROPEAN MYTHOLOGICAL LIT
TOP EUROPEAN MYTHOLOGICAL LIT FLET 391
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INTLFLET 391 STUDY QUESTIONS ON CRIME AND PUNISHMENT 3RD INSTALLMENT OF QUESTIONS Here are a few more questions on Part II plus questions on Part III and Part IV Chapters 14 1 What clue to Rs mentalmoral condition is provided to readers by his violent dream of the landlady39s being beaten Part II Chapter 2 pp 115116 2 Pyotr Petrovich Luzhin eXpounds on certain quotuseful new ideasquot and quotuseful new booksquot that quotin the name of science and economic trut quot urge people to pursue their rational selfinterest for the ultimate good of the society at large of course Part II Chapter V pp 148149 Luzhin explains that quotscience says Love yourself before all because everything in the world is based on selfinterest If you love only yourself you will set your affairs up properly and your caftan Russian word for cloak will also remain in one piece And economic truth adds that the more properly arranged personal affairs and so to speak whole caftans there are in society the firmer its foundations are and the better arranged its common cause It follows that by acquiring solely and exclusively for myself I am thereby precisely acquiring for everyone as it were and working so that my neighbor will have something more than a torn caftan not from private isolated generosities now but as a result of universal prosperityquot Dostoevsky here lampoons the theory of quotenlightened selfinterestquot popularized in Russian by Chernyshevsky and other radical critics indebted to the utilitarianism of Jeremy Bentham and John Stuart Mill He further lampoons economic theories that those of us reading the novel today cannot but find similar to the quottrickledownquot theory embraced by President Reagan and others in this country Dostoevsky hints thereby that both the radical reformminded theorists who embrace quotrational egoismquot and the theorists of capitalism who endorse acquisitiveness as the new morality in fact share a common lack of concern for grounding moral life in principles Instead utility becomes the watchword of the day replacing the notion of a moral law How does Dostoevsky s novel argue for the idea that human beings cannot live without a moral law Who in this novel has internalized the idea of a moral law and seems to live by such a law most consistently 3 Why does Raskolnikov challenge Luzhin s indignation at the rise of crime and specifically at the pawnbroker39s murder by noting that the murder quotwent according to your theoryquot Why does R tell him quotGet to the consequences of what you39ve just been preaching and it will turn out that one can go around putting a knife in peoplequot p 151 4 Why does Marmeladov s wife Katerina Ivanovna reject the priest s consolation pp 183184 Why do you think the priest hangs his head and say nothing p 184 What
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