Raskolnikov was never a sensible man as many critics have mistaken. Raskolnikov admits to Sonia that the guilt is killing him, along with the paranoia of Svidrigailov and Porphyrius suspecting him.
This echoes and even mirrors the fate of Russia. Dostoevsky knew what he was writing about when he wrote Raskolnikov in Crime and Punishment. Raskolnikov is still a fascinating character to dive into, and he is so much more complex than just an author stand-in. The only two characters he truly has a relationship with are his sister and Sonia, both of the opposite sex. It can be inferred that he cannot connect with his own gender.
Not even around his supposed best friend Razumikhin does he seem at ease. Razumikhin is the foil to Raskolnikov, being outgoing and friendly while Raskolnikov is reclusive and hateful.
Sonia also acts as a foil to Raskolnikov, being kind and religious. Raskolnikov giving to the irrational customs of religion contradicts the fact that he spent the majority of the novel attempting to make a point about how rational of a being he is Gibian 1. A victim of underdeveloped mentality and sense of belonging, Raskolnikov finally ends his childish temper tantrum and finds a place in this world he hated so.
During this time period, every aspect of Russian society was called into question by rationalists, Marxists, and nihilists revolutionaries. This mirrors the ideas of nihilism, specifically those spoke by famed philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. While Raskolnikov does not physically die, his soul and spirit are slain by his own tormented psyche, causing him to destroy others while spiraling down in a state of chaos and self-imposed misery.
He does not have the guts to see the effect of his cause, his own ideologies preached so hard by himself realized in flesh and blood. Dostoevsky, Raskolnikov is also asked by Petrovitch if he believed in New Jerusalem.
During , the Emancipation Reform had recently taken place. The economy was suffering and the need for money became crucial. The protagonist of the novel, Raskolnikov, struggles to earn money, which associates with his behavior. One part of him is intellectual: cold, unfeeling, inhumane, and exhibiting tremendous self-will.
The novel mostly focuses on the development of the character from the stage of complete aloofness until he realizes falsity in own judgment and seeks atonement for the outcomes of his erroneous vision of people. In the case of Raskolnikov, love facilitated his change through the reappraisal of values, for when one falls in love, the focus of attention automatically moves to the love object.
Through his sufferings, the idea of self-centeredness being a delusive lens of world perception that provokes the loss of connection with reality and disturbed state of mind is realized.
Raskolnikov is the iconic image in the world literature representing the continuous moral struggle and the sore path of soul-searching. Works Cited Braun, J. Alienation and the Carnivalization of Society. Routledge, pp. Dostoyevsky, F. Crime and Punishment. Accessed 10 Jan. FitzMaurice, K. The Secret of Maturity. FitzMaurice Publishers, p. As a doppelganger, Sonya reflects innate morality and kindheartedness of Rodion.
In the end, this side of his character triumphs: he confesses his crimes and tries to seek redemption. Both characters admit their likeness, but Rodion is frightened by his similarity to this vicious and dark individual. He strongly resists the idea that they are doubles. He is more like a caricature of his desire to follow progressive ideas and theories.
Fyodor Dostoevsky shows that blind worship of tendencies without understanding them is senseless and pathetic. The worst thing about this character is that he tries to stand out by all means, and even his good actions are aimed at demonstrating his commitment to the idea.
Raskolnikov consents that such cases arise, but what can he do about it? Ironically this description is what Raskolnikov later pictures he is, when he finally concludes that he was wrong. Raskolnikov continues that society is protected by assorted punishments, so that this mistake isn't a common occurrence. Raskolnikov believes the criminal will get what he deserves. He will suffer for his mistake and for his victim, as well as by his punishment.
At the end of the interview, Raskolnikov makes an observation incongruent with the rest of the conversation, that "pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart" Dostoevsky points out that the tone of this statement is "dreamy," also contrasting with the rest of the conversation.
Perhaps Raskolnikov already suspects that this is his fate. Later in the book Raskolnikov loses sight of his own beliefs, pretending that he is depraved for the sake of protecting himself. We know though, even at this early stage, that he won't need the motivation of Porfiry or Sonia to make him confess.
He will bring suffering upon himself of his own accord. Raskolnikov realizes his mood has changed greatly since his entrance, and although he doesn't mention it, he knows he has given a clue to Porfiry. Catching this psychological clue, Porfiry expresses his "playful, psychological idea," that in Raskolnikov's writing he might have considered himself an extraordinary.
Indeed, Raskolnikov's article is in some ways, at the least, quite original. Raskolnikov answers, "Quite possibly," but once again more important is the tone he employs. He says it, as Dostoevsky writes, "contemptuously. He won't slip up on a trifling detail and in doing so prove his own guilt.
On the other hand, it is Raskolnikov's pride that will give him away, and perhaps it is this moment when he gives Porfiry the answer. It is pride also, as Raskolnikov tells Dounia, that prevents him from surrendering even when he is prepared to face suffering. The article is brought up again in several instances later in the book. When Porfiry comes to Raskolnikov's flat to make everything clear, he mentions how he felt about the article.
He tells Raskolnikov sincerely, "Your article is absurd and fantastic, but there's a transparent sincerity, a youthful incorruptible pride and the daring of despair in it" Porfiry knows before meeting Raskolnikov that, as he says, "that man won't go the common way"
The famous expression of John Donne that no man is an island is both the universal truth and the way the human psycho organized, for it is impossible to live in the society and remain unaffected by it.
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In such divergence, the concept of nihilism is often planted into the mind of those who are incapable of acknowledging human nature and the spiritual and natural laws of life The antagonists of the story are He gave the example of Napoleon and other distinguished soldiers and emperors and asked both himself and the readers whether the great warriors have the right to kill thousands of innocent people because of an idea or general well-being.
So Dostoevsky too, perhaps feared unoriginality. Laurie Lanzen Harris and Sheila Fitzgerald. For one life, thousands of lives saved from ruin and collapse. Looking at his theory and applying it as a tool for analysis of Raskolnikov himself leads not only to a deeper understanding of this idea but also of Raskolnikov
Although this opinion remains debatable to say the least, Dostoevsky needed to show that he thought of it as an absolute fact. Dostoevsky points out that the tone of this statement is "dreamy," also contrasting with the rest of the conversation. Frank, Joseph. Readings on Fyodor Dostoyevsky.