Crime and Punishment Quotes

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1. "…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 kind as to undertake part of the expenses of the journey, that is to say, he has taken upon himself the conveyance of our bags and big trunks." -Pulcheria Alexandrovna Raskolnikov This is a passage from the letter that Rodion's mother…show more content…
. . . And why do you ask what can't be answered? What's the use of such foolish questions? How could it happen that it should depend on my decision--who has made me a judge to decide who is to live and who is not to live?" –Sonia This is showing that Sonia does not agree with Raskolnikov's ‘extraordinary' man theory. She is telling Raskolnikov that it's not her place to choose whether or not someone lives or dies. She believes that nobody has that right and that the decision is up to a ‘Divine Providence.' 9. "But never had men considered themselves so intellectual and so completely in possession of the truth as these sufferers, never had they considered their decisions, their scientific conclusions, their moral convictions so infallible." –Raskolnikov's dream In his dream, Raskolnikov realizes that his assumption of ‘extraordinary' men is imperfect; and that there are severe costs to these ‘extraordinary' men being able to commit crimes and break the laws that everyone else abides by. 10. "Early one evening during an exceptional heat wave in the beginning of July, a young man walked out into the street from the little room he rented from tenants on S. Place and slowly almost irresolutely, set off in the direction of K. Bridge." –Narrator The fact that Raskolnikov is walking "slowly and irresolutely" shows that he is not sure about whether or not to murder the pawn-broker, and that he is processing in his mind the doubts and
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