Den litterære karakter Raskolnikov

Susan Stæhr, Mette Bruun, Vibe Bisgaard Isaksen & Nis Weile

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


Abstract In this project we have examined how the moral philosophy of Nietzsche and Kant, is visible in the practical fiction Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky. We are looking specifically at Nietzsche’s superhuman-theory, since Raskolnikov seems to think of himself as one. Concerning Kant, we have compared the moral law which appears in the deontology, to the law that seems to be the reason for Raskolnikov’s illness after the murder. This is carried out through an analysis of Raskolnikov and his set of values. Also, we have made a characterological study of Raskolnikov to find out what similarities this literary character has with a real human being. At last we have discussed what significance Raskolnikov’s human likeness has for the moral philosophical argumentation in Crime and Punishment. The study indicates that one cannot make an absolute, theory based judgment, on whether or not the life of a specific literary character is convincing. However, we have concluded that Raskolnikov’s humanity is of great significance for the moral philosophical argumentation. We have seen the message of the novel as an argument for a kind of moral law to exist. This argument is greatly dependent on the description of Raskolnikov’s illness, and his human likeness in general to be convincing.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato10 jan. 2013
VejledereCharlotte Engberg


  • Nietzsche
  • Dostojevskij