Crime and Punishment

Describe the theme of redemption in Crime and Punishment, a novel by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

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The theme of atonement and forgiveness is closely related to that of guilt and innocence. As Dostoyevsky's title suggests, punishment is the only logical and necessary outcome of crime. True punishment, however, can only be realized in the conscience of the offender. Atonement is the only way to really pay for a crime.