"All of these thinly-veiled literary references are so unoriginal," I hear you say. "You didn't even bother to hide it very well!"
Okay, so it's not subtle. Some of the ideas here were inspired--however tangentally--by Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment. And very crudely implemented. That's okay. At least I'm finally putting that Liberal Arts degree to good use. Just think of it as a high-brow expansion of Appendix N.