I just finished reading Crime and Punishment for a summer AP English project. My teacher gave us a list of various ideas, places and characters and I'm supposed to talk about their importance to the novel. One of the things on the list is child abuse, but here's the thing, I do not understand how child abuse is important to the novel at all. I know child abuse occurs in the novel, but I fail to see its importance to the general plot. Is it important, or am I just incredibly blind? Any insights at all would be greatly appreciated!