Is Crime really a crime?
These days we often here of an execution, we read opinions in newspapers castigating the criminal in every possible decibel level and then fixate our opinions on the opinions of others. What motivations did the culprit have? Why does the law often take so much time in executions?
Do these things come to our mind. Do we even spend time to reflect on these? There are numerous movies that delve into this subject. But all we do is applaud the performances, give some ratings and move on.Instead we should simulate our mid towards such questions only then would we have some hope of understanding the euphemisms hidden behind the motives…
I had the chance of reading Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevski which gauges into the harsh realities of this universe. Some of the questions being what is crime? Is guilt- crime’s traumatic and inevitable successor- the most ideal punishment? Are some people licensed to commit crime? How can we possibly justify the fact that Napoleon’s genocide actually helped develop a better human race?
Crime and Punishment is not one of those immature court room dramas, that fascinate but hardly stay with you longer than a span of two hours. This book, deftly written, beckons introspection at every point. It delves into the complex themes of psychology behind the criminal’s motives. Rather than taking the reader into the arcane of the courtroom jargon , the author takes him into the claustrophobic regions of guilt, remorse and suffocation.
The questions Dostoevski asks are rooted in the philosophical tree. There are no specific answers, only perspective. But the whole idea of the book is to provoke positive innovative and different thinking. Don’t pick up this book if you are looking for a fast paced drama revolving around crime, instead pick up any one of Michael Connely’s work. But instead if you want to gauge into the eternal questions of psyche and guilt, don’t miss this one. You might perhaps want to catch Crime and Punishment , the movie, if you are not willing to tire yourself on the book.