A comparison 

by Andrea Elizabeth

I had more suspension of disbelief with Jack Torrence’s descent into murderous action in The Shining than Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov’s in Crime and Punishment. I believe that people capable of intentional murder have a propensity traceable in their childhood. In other words I believe murderers are born that way. They are missing some sort of barrier. Not inevitably so, mind you. The rest of us are more subtle and do it in our hearts or more indirectly and subconsciously. Note Dick Hallorann in the shed. Actually. I think that scene was a nod to Dostoyevsky and not as believable either.