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By Kazuo Ishiguro

The tale of Etsuko, a jap girl now residing by myself in England, residing at the fresh suicide of her daughter. In a narrative the place earlier and current confuse, she relives scenes of Japan's devastation within the wake of global conflict II.

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The idea of the belfry brings together these two sides of the bell motif in one image. 舡 (p. 245). The logic of socialists and those spreading the 舠new ideas舡 is mocked using the belfry, an emblem of irrational faith. Porfiry unites Raskolnikov舗s association of bells and murder with the church and the belfry when he says, 舠I舗ve studied all this morbid psychology in my practice. A man is sometimes tempted to jump out of a window or from a belfry. Just the same with bell-ringing舡 (p. 329). Porfiry understands the two sides of Raskolnikov舗s crime: the potentially redemptive function of the belfry juxtaposed to the murdered woman舗s doorbell.

Both epilogues are the necessary completion of their heroes舗 sufferings. As the most mystical Gospel, which nonetheless shows Jesus as human and part of day-to-day human life, John gives Dostoevsky舗s 舠detective thriller舡 the deep power it would otherwise lack, despite the richness of the many literary, philosophical, and journalistic materials that inform it. The omnipresent intonations of John舗s Gospel maintain the atmosphere of divine potential throughout the intense French-inspired naturalism of the novel.

In Crime and Punishment Dostoevsky uses newspaper articles, French popular novels, and masterpieces of French realism舒as well as Russian prose from Pushkin舗s 舠Queen of Spades舡 (1834) to Chernyshevsky舗s polemical novel舒to create a vivid psychological drama. Dostoevsky gives us the painful experience of entering Raskolnikov舗s world and psyche in order to show us the horrific consequences of the materialist worldview, already prevailing in the West, that he feared was coming to dominate Russian social thought.

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