Author: Tatiana G. Magaril-Il’iaeva
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PhD in Philology, Senior Researcher, Research Centre “Dostoevsky and World Culture,” А.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Povarskaya St., 25A, bld. 1, 121069 Moscow, Russia.

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Magaril-Il’iaeva, T.G. “The Hero’s Journey in Dostoevsky’s Early Works and Crime and Punishment.” Dostoevsky and World Culture. Philological journal, no. 1 (25), 2024, pp. 45–61. (In Russ.)

Received: 08 Mar. 2024
Published: 25 Mar. 2024
Issue: 2024 no. 1 (25)
Pages: 45-61

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Keywords: Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment, Dostoevsky’s early work, the motif of the sun, solitude, hard labor.
Abstract: The article proposes to consider how the early work of Fyodor Dostoevsky and the novel Crime and Punishment correlate at the level of their internal symbolic stories created by the author behind the external plots of the works. In this work, the hypothesis is put forward that Raskolnikov manages to follow the path of spiritual transformation, which the writer sought to find for his heroes of the 1840s, but then he failed to fully realize it. Despite the ongoing debate in the academic community about the role of the epilogue in Crime and Punishment, it can still be said that this novel, the only one from the Five Great Novels, shows the hero’s path from a complete fall to a directly prescribed spiritual resurrection. The article attempts to show that Raskolnikov follows the path along the “trajectory” described in the early texts, but obviously with some fundamental changes that allowed this path to be realized. The article is a description of the first steps in the development of this topic.


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