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two young women. After talking with Sonia, Raskolnikov fully confesses to the
murder, and is sentencedto eight years in a siberian prision. Sonia follows him
and with her help, Raskolnikov begins his regeneration.
Rodian Raskolnikov is best seen as two characters. He often acts in one
manner, and then suddenly in a manner completly contradictory. Raskolknikov is
best described when Razumihim attempts to explain Raskolknikov to his mother
and sister as being a “morose, gloomy, proud & haughty…suspicious and
fanciful. He has a noble nature and a kind heart…he would rather do a cruel
thing than open his heart freely. Sometimes, though, he is not at all morbid, but
simply cold and inhumanly callous, its as if he were alternating between two
characters.” (Dostoevsky 200) His two characters are best interpreted as 1)his
detatched, cold, intellectual side which emphasizes “power” and “self will” and 2)
his warm compassionate humane side which suggests self-submissive and
meekness. The intellectual side is a result of his deliberate and premeditated
actions, such as the theories he formulated about the crimes. The other side of
his character, the warm compassionate side, operates without and interfering
thought process. Ironically the two murders that he ends up committing relate
back to the two aspects of Raskolnikov’s character. In this dual murder, he has
killed one person who is mean, wicked, and cold (Alyona), and a second,
Lizaveta, who is warm, friendly, human, compassionate, and exceedingly
innocent person. But does the author ever remind us of the murder at any time in
the novel again? Not in the physical sense of the crime itself. The reader doesn’t
hear how heavily the murderers are weighing on his heart, or how he is
tormented by the visions of the crime, only his pride’s hurt. Raskolknikov never
again recalls the massive amounts of blood everywhere, the …

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