Date of Award

Spring 2023

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Japanese and Russian

First Advisor

Izumi Katsuya

Second Advisor

Lahti Katherine


This paper highlights the similarities between Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment and Akutagawa Ryūnosuke's “In A Grove” and “Rashōmon.” Through an analysis of the themes of female characters, story design, environment and social background in each work, this paper argues that there are striking parallels between the ways in which the two authors address these issues. By examining the similarities and differences between their works, the paper illuminates how Fyodor Dostoevsky and Akutagawa Ryūnosuke use literary works to show their attitude to their respective contemporary social issues.


Senior Thesis completed at Trinity College, Hartford Ct for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Japanese and Russian.