What does the novel show us about freedom and its relationship to law? For example, can one obey the law and still be free? Or perhaps, is obedience to the law the only way to be free? Is there another option?

For this assignment you will write a 4–5 page paper (a minimum of 4 full pages of original written work) in response to ONE of the prompts below. Use Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, double spaced. Be sure to include the cover sheet at the beginning of your uploaded document (but don’t count it as one of your pages). Quote from the novel but also include quotations from 3–5 of the scholarly, peer-reviewed essays listed below. At the end of your essay there should be a Works Cited page with entries for Crime and Punishment and your research in MLA format (also not counted toward the minimum length of your essay).


Option 1:

What does the novel show us about freedom and its relationship to law? For example, can one obey the law and still be free? Or perhaps, is obedience to the law the only way to be free? Is there another option? Use relevant passages from the novel to support your opinion.




i have to use the the JSTOR data base to look up quotes from the following scholarly articles:


No matter which option you choose, you must quote from the novel and also use quotations from 3–5 of the essays below to support your argument. If the links do not work, access the full version of these articles on the JSTOR database through the HBU Moody Library website. Ask an HBU research librarian for assistance if needed. Find relevant quotations that support or contribute to your own argument, and be sure to quote and cite correctly according to MLA format.


“The Other Lazarus in Crime and Punishment”


“The Three Motives of Raskolnikov”


Sonya, Silent No More: A Response to the Woman Question


The Religious Symbolism of Clothing in Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment

“Traditional Symbolism in Crime and Punishment”

“Luzhin’s Crime and the Advantages of Melodrama”

“Dostoevskian Patterned Antimony and Its Function in Crime and Punishment”


Raskolnikov’s Dreams


The Mystery of Lizaveta


Raskolnikov’s Shadow: Porfirij Petrovich


A Note on Raskolnikov’s Hats


A Catalogue of Suffering in the Works of Dostoevsky: His Christian Foundation


Submit Essay 2 by 11:59 p.m. (CT) on Sunday of Module/Week 7.

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