Friday, December 17, 2010

Chaos is…in the confines of the mind

Raskolnikov lives for and by the constant stream of thoughts rushing through his brain. These thoughts are crazy, there is no doubt, but they are the governing body for his entire reality. As he slips further and further into a delusional state, the contents of his mind, translated onto the paper reflect this. Chaos in his mental state results in chaos in his physical interaction with the world around him. Authors also struggle with this concept, which is perhaps the reason for writing in the first place. Translating thought and emotion onto paper is a difficult task but also a carthodic one. Releasing the chaos within, while sometimes treacherous, can lead to some of the most beautiful works. Dostoevsky uses his classic novel to exemplify this beauty from chaos.

Crime and Punishment~Fyodor Dostoevsky