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Assignment: “It is said that of all the characters in the novel, Dostoyevsky dislikes only one, Luzhin. Write an essay where you analyze those elements, which make this dislike evident. Include Luzhin’s ideas and their effects on Raskolnikov, along with reasons for including the list of crimes by intellectuals.”

In Crime and Punishment, Dostoyevsky clearly shows that Luzhin is a disliked character. This is illustrated through Luzhin’s ideas and their effect on Raskolnikov as well as through Luzhin’s actions.

Dostoyevsky portrays Luzhin as his most disliked character and makes him a symbol of everything Dostoyevsky hates in human kind – self-importance and extreme insincerity. Luzhin’s ideas are disliked by all, but especially Raskolnikov. Luzhin speaks in a businesslike t...


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