In Crime and Punishment

In Crime and Punishment, Dostoyevsky shares a story of a young man that has been forced out of his studies at a university by poverty. In these circumstances, he develops his theory of an extraordinary man. In his hypothesis, he felt that certain men were extraordinary and could commit unethical acts without punishment or a guilty conscience. In his case, he wanted to rid the earth of a parasite through the vicious slaying of an old pawnbroker, Alyona, and her sister, Lizaveta, in order to gain money so that he could continue his studies and to see if he was truly extraordinary.