The role of women in ‘Crimes’ and ‘Punishment’

  • Phansi Maniphet Research Scholar, School of Foreign Languages, Manasagangotri, University of Mysore, Mysore -570006, India
Keywords: Crimes, ambitions, immorality, virtue and vice, punishment.


Every action has a consequence! Subsequently, crimes invite punishment as a motif through reaction of criminals. William Shakespeare’s play ‘Macbeth’ depicted an ambition as a root behind the various at levels of crimes. The underlying factors of the play hide the real murder as inconspicuous. Lady Macbeth does the bad deeds by provoking her husband to commit crime for their desire for power. It classifies as the women’s ambition. She handed over her husband and used her skill in achieving on her desire by deceit.

            On the other hand, the novel of F. M. Dostoyevsky ‘Crime and Punishment’ describes Sonya who gives up for the sake of other considerations. She sacrifices for the sake of other benefits. She’s eager to take a yellow ticket to support her household. Her immorality makes her forgiven and love other sinners. She tolerates Raskolnikov to confess his crimes meanwhile he considered her as a transgressor too. Her great deals of responsibilities are the embodiment of virtues such as love, compassion and sacrifice. It raises her to the level of a human angel. Both writers churn out historical and contemporary crime. It makes us understand thoroughly the factors of crimes which are underlying the feature better. It also gives us an idea to avoid the violation of a code of moral conduct.


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