By James L. Roberts, Gary Carey
This epic tells the tale of Raskolnikov, a pupil who believes he's more suitable and entitled. He commits against the law and the ebook lines his downfall. After being shipped off to Siberia for a jail sentence, Raskolnikov reveals pain to be a method through which the soul is purified of all its sins.
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Extra info for Crime and Punishment: Including Introduction, Chapter Summaries and Commentaries, Character Sketches, Critical (Cliffs Notes)
Therefore, he goes for an interview and leaves thinking that the police suspect him. Since he had met Sonia Marmeladov, the daughter of the dead man that Raskolnikov had helped, he goes to her and asks her to read to him from the Bible. He feels great sympathy with Sonia who had been forced into prostitution in order to support her family while her father drank. He promises to tell her who murdered the old pawnbroker. After another interview with Porfiry, Raskolnikov determines to confess to Sonia.
The physical description of Raskolnikov in this first chapter is the only one in the entire novel. " This description should be emphasized. Too often, illustrators depict Raskolnikov as physically depraved and/or deformed. Dostoievsky wanted to emphasize his physical attractiveness as to remove any possible view that the crime was based on Page 15 physical deformity. The physical beauty of the character contrasts with the ugliness of the crime. C. Even here in the first chapter, Raskolnikov's plans are far from being complete.
Comment A. Note that in hiding and concealing all the trinkets and money that he had stolen, that he had never examined the items in order to determine their value. This failure suggests that the murder was not committed either for need of money or for the purpose of helping mankind by using the money. Page 27 B. In going to Razumihin's house, Raskolnikov felt the need for human contact. We later find out that part of Raskolnikov's theory about crime is that it isolates one from human contact. But once there, Raskolnikov recognizes this need for society to be a weakness, that the extraordinary man must be able to stand completely alone.
Crime and Punishment: Including Introduction, Chapter Summaries and Commentaries, Character Sketches, Critical (Cliffs Notes) by James L. Roberts, Gary Carey