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    underlying themes, especially in the novel at hand. Specifically, the central character Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov illustrates the conflict between good and evil in one’s personality. Raskolnikov’s personality conflict is so extreme in duality that he can be identified as both the protagonist and antagonist of this story. From this point comes the question of to what extent does the personality conflict of Raskolnikov dictate his beliefs, actions and therefore contribute to overall plot development

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    “…all is in a man's hands and he lets it all slip from cowardice, that's an axiom. It would be interesting to know what it is men are most afraid of.” –Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov By saying this Raskolnikov suggests that men are capable of doing whatever they wish, and the only thing that holds them back are their fears. Because of this Raskolnikov wonders what man’s greatest fear is, and with that comes the one thing that no man is capable of doing. 2. “…for though Pyotr Petrovitch has been so

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    distinction between characters who are meant to be seen as good and those as evil. The hero saves the day by way of thwarting the villain's evil plan. However, in Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment we are introduced to the characters of Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov and Katerina Ivanovna Marmeladov who display acts of moral ambiguity and are neither fully hero nor villain. These character’s acts are not black and white, but fall in a gray area of uncertainty. They each show signs of villainy and heroism

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    a human conscience, free will, self sacrifice, and pure evil. Crime and Punishment revolves around main character, Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov, and the physical, mental, and spiritual repercussions he endures after he commits murder. In other words, “the whole novel is built around the unique process of disintegration in the hero's soul” (Bem 2). When we first meet Raskolnikov, we learn he is a relatively young ex-student who has fallen into the poverty stricken slums of St. Petersburg, Russia

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    protagonist, Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov, and to the reader’s understanding of the character. Henry David Thoreau believed that “[d]reams are the touchstones of our character” and our true and naked selves come out in our dreams (313). The protagonist reveals his ‘true and naked self’ in four major dream sequences which take place throughout the novel. The four dreams allow the reader a more intimate look into the character’s unconscious mind which shows a vulnerable side of Raskolnikov that could

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    Raskolnikov's Crimes

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    lives; no matter the circumstance, they have the choice between moral and immoral. Crime and Punishment is a story of Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov’s struggle with the ideologies of his time. The young and impoverished law student is torn between unifying and nihilistic cultures afflicting nineteenth-century tsarist Russia. Through a journey of crime, it becomes clear to Raskolnikov that his ultimate failure was caused by his transgression in murdering cold-heartedly, attempting to prove his self-worth

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    Crime and Punishment Essay Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment is a tale of one man’s struggle to find meaning in the world and the consequences his drastic actions have on those around him. Raskolnikov, the protagonist, commits murder and spends the rest of the novel battling himself and society in debating whether his deed constitutes a crime. Although his storyline spans a time period of less than one month, Dostoyevsky takes over 600 pages to chronicle Raskolnikov’s extensive introspection, as

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    and Punishment, Raskolnikov concocts a theory: All men are divided into ‘ordinary’ and ‘extraordinary’. The extraordinary man should have the right to eliminate a few people in order to make his idea known to all humanity; however, the ordinary man has no right to transgress the law. Because he believes this theory is an idea that must be known to all humanity, he considers himself extraordinary; however, there is a legion of events that prove that Raskolnikov is not extraordinary

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    self-controlled. Insanity, in this novel, separates those who can transgress from those who cannot. Examples of these superiors are Raskolnikov and Svidrigaïlov, whom in the midst of the insanity that plagues them, can act as if rational. Both men can pass as normal. In delirium they act as Napoleon as in without hesitation or tribulations (486). While Raskolnikov and Svidrigaïlov are insane and rational, Sonya and Pulcheria are not. They simply cannot handle their insanity and grow attached to

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    characters to expose their isolation from society. Raskolnikov demonstrates the true effect that poverty can have on an unemployed man in the 1860s. Razumikhin is seen as Raskolnikov’s foil character that reacts to his form of poverty in the opposite way of Raskolnikov towards society. The weight of being desperately pour effects Marmeledov to extensive lengths that ultimately ends in his death. Crime and Punishment revolves around Raskolnikov and his amplifying guilt after he murders the pawnbroker

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