Because the sun plays a crucial and symbolic role in both Crime and Punishment and The Stranger, the significance and relationship within each of the protagonists in the novel is partially similar. Within both novels, during heat spells, both characters become incredibly confuse and frazzled. Often their...
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... going [. . .] All he knew, all he felt was that everything must be changed “one way or another,” he repeated with desperate and immovable self-confidence and determination” (156 – 157). This quote references the idea that if Raskolnikov and his obsessive willpower were to be left unchecked, he would eventually be driven to insanity. This is the difference that separates the two protagonists and their relationships with the sun.
Devoid of the important similarity of sun and heat imagery, the reader lacks crucial information in regards to the analysis and characterization of the protagonists in Crime and Punishment and The Stranger. While both of the main characters are greatly affected by heat and environment, Raskolnikov’s uncertain and easily pressured personality and Meursault’s hatred of love is what enhances the differences between the two protagonists.
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