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My favourite extra-curricular activity

I AM THE RASKOLNIK - My Extra Curricular Activity

In Crime and Punishment , HYPERLINK "http /en .wikipedia .org /wiki /Fyodor_Dostoevsky " \o "Fyodor Dostoevsky Fyodor Dostoevsky , is said to have embedded various examples of wordplay or double meanings . Take the case of the name of the main character in the book : Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov . We are told that in Russian , the original language of this great work of literature raskol means a schism ' or a split ' and a raskolnik is "one who splits " The character in the book was one tormented creature . He committed

a crime and , in effect , punished himself for it . His split inner being was tortured by guilt , and thus he was led to confess his crime . Confession eventually resolved the raskol in him

Now , If Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov had much free time especially in his eventual incarceration , I too have my free time - but such careless respite generally means reading for this curious creature of literature . Free time to me means reading , and reading , especially Russian and french literature , means creating my own kind of raskol But this split in my being does not lead to a torturing of my soul (if soul I have , but to its enlightenment , as it were . It is , in effect , a process of learning , of personal growth . How so ? By reading I can escape the drudgery of daily existence and take in a where I can identify with various characters . I split ' from myself to immerse my inner being in worlds created by such creative geniuses whose powers of storytelling are truly awesome for , after having read their work , often I feel as though I am a different person seeing the world with different eyes . Reading keeps my dreams alive and sustains the embers of my desires . Even if only for some precious moment , I fully share the wishes and hopes of the fantastic characters , and their introspections I appropriate to eventually help change and sharpen my views of human nature and emotions

These are among my favourite novels : Crime and Punishment , Anna Karenina , the Brothers Karamazov . These are among those tomes whose stark images of another world and profound lessons of humanity have split my being to the core . I am the Raskolnik of reading...

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