A short analysis of raskolnikovs personality in crime and punishment by fyodor dostoyevsky


On the pretext of pawning a watch, he visits her apartment, but remains unable to commit himself. Crime and Punishment was to be a vision of the ultimate error and moral sufferings of those who had so cut themselves off from established authority and morality that they lost all respect for human life.

Luzhin takes offence when Dunya insists on resolving the issue with her brother, and when Raskolnikov draws attention to the slander in his letter, he becomes reckless, exposing his true character.

He proceeds to Sonya's place.

But Luzhin's roommate Lebezyatnikov angrily asserts that he saw Luzhin surreptitiously slip the money into Sonya's pocket as she left, although he had thought at the time that it was a noble act of anonymous charity.

The atmosphere deteriorates as guests become drunk and the half-mad Katerina Ivanovna engages in a verbal attack on her German landlady. The actions in the novel that seem to be strange and contradictory are rather the result of the two aspects of Raskolnikov's personality.

Table of Contents Raskolnikov Raskolnikov is the protagonist of the novel, and the story is told almost exclusively from his point of view. He angers the workmen and caretakers by asking casual questions about the murder, even suggesting that they accompany him to the police station to discuss it. It operates without an interceding thought process. It is this aspect of his personality that enables him to formulate his theories about crime and to commit the crime. Dostoevsky presents most of the story from Raskolnikov's viewpoint, and most of the actions and most of our views are seen through his eyes. Sonya fearfully denies stealing the money, but Luzhin persists in his accusation and demands that someone search her. Therefore, the life and aims of Raskolnikov became in some ways the fate of the young Russian intellectuals. In a letter to Katkov written in September , Dostoevsky explained to him that the work was to be about a young man who yields to "certain strange, 'unfinished' ideas, yet floating in the air". Calling out for Sonya to forgive him, Marmeladov dies in his daughter's arms. Dunya and Razumikhin marry and plan to move to Siberia, but Raskolnikov's mother falls ill and dies. As Raskolnikov is about to set off in search of Svidrigailov, Porfiry himself appears and politely requests a brief chat.

There are several ways of seeing this. Sonya follows Raskolnikov to Siberia, but he is initially hostile towards her as he is still struggling to acknowledge any moral culpability for his crime, feeling himself to be guilty only of weakness.

Fearing a search, he hides the stolen items under a building block in an empty yard, noticing in humiliation that he hasn't even checked how much money is in the purse.

A short analysis of raskolnikovs personality in crime and punishment by fyodor dostoyevsky

With deep insight, the novelist explores the complex and confused motivations that prompt Raskolnikov to commit murder. But he sees Sonya, who has followed him, looking at him in despair, and he returns to make a full and frank confession that he is the murderer.

Fearing a search, he hides the stolen items under a building block in an empty yard, noticing in humiliation that he hasn't even checked how much money is in the purse. Isolated and antisocial, he has abandoned all attempts to support himself, and is brooding obsessively on a scheme he has devised to murder and rob an elderly pawn-broker. Now free and with significant capital, they excitedly begin to discuss plans for the future, but Raskolnikov suddenly gets up and leaves, telling them, to their great consternation, that it might be the last time he sees them. When he emerges several days later he finds that Razumikhin has tracked him down and has been nursing him. When they return the next morning Raskolnikov has improved physically, but it becomes apparent that he is still mentally distracted and merely forcing himself to endure the meeting. I took it back, and this revision of a large chapter cost me at least three new chapters of work, judging by the effort and the weariness; but I corrected it and gave it back. As she leaves, Raskolnikov asks for her address and tells her that he will visit her soon. Part 4[ edit ] Svidrigailov indulges in an amiable but disjointed monologue, punctuated by Raskolnikov's terse interjections. He looks for news about the murder, and seems almost to want to draw attention to his own part in it. The Dualism in Raskolnikov's Character: The protagonist of Crime and Punishment is a rather solitary intellectual, an impoverished student of law at the university in St. Dostoevsky uses dreams as a tool to reveal psychological depth to his characters and establish recurring themes throughout the. He also informs her that he witnessed her son give the 25 rubles to "an unmarried woman of immoral behavior" Sonya. Dostoevsky was brilliant in creating a fictional world where the characters seem to be found within the audience, transitioning from a fictional story to a self-help book. In addition, he expounds upon the closely inter-related Themes of isolation, suffering and moral salvation through this portrait of a criminal mind.

She is horrified, not just at the crime, but at his own self-torture, and tells him that he must hand himself in to the police.

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Raskolnikov: A Dual or Split Personality