Crime and Punishments place in Victorian literature
Crime and Punishment's place in Victorian literature is linked with the sociological ideas held by the author and his community. The book is part of a movement wanting a socialist society where everyone is equal and where wealth and property is shared. The ideas are mirrored in the book by Raskolnikovs eventual change from a arrogant intellectual who believes himself to be above common people to realizing he is just like everyone else. The author strongly believed in this type of society and even did time in prison for spreading socialist propaganda. The book also criticizes the Russian government by showing the terrible living conditions that most of its people were in. While it is a fictional novel it can also be seen as propaganda towards a new type of government. It s place in literature is one of radical new ideas and the beginning of authors writting social commentary.