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How Dostoevsky Inscribes ‘Thou Shalt Not Kill’ In a Killer's Heart : The Decalogue Taboo Internalized; The It Of ‘It’

Olga Meerson. "How Dostoevsky Inscribes ‘Thou Shalt Not Kill’ In a Killer’s Heart : The Decalogue Taboo Internalized; The It Of ‘It’." Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment. Ed. Harold Bloom. Broomall, Pa. : Chelsea House Publishers , 2004.

The approach follows Meerson's Post-Bakhtinian theory of the most important motifs and notions in Dostoevsky being indicated by some markers of non-mentionable, tabooed sore spots. This narrative system keeps Bakhtin's polyphony intact but allows a silence to overcome many, and at times, all of its multiple voices. The case in question is the murderer's inability to conduct any sound discourse on his crime -- a clear indicator in his conscience of the inviolability of the taboo he has de facto violated in action.

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