Raskolnikov Character Analysis

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“Raskolnikov’s fixed and serious expression was transformed in an instance, and he broke out into the same nervous laughter as before, as if he had not the strength to control himself...After his unexpected paroxysmal outburst of laughter, Raskolnikov had become thoughtful and melancholy” (Dostoevsky 138). In an effort to perturb Zametov, Raskolnikov’s character falters and his laughter serves to dissolve the tension. However, on the verge of a confession, Raskolnikov does not know what he wants to gain from the conversation. Instead of relieving the situation, Raskolnikov 's erratic behavior garners greater suspicion. His failure to relieve the tension parallels his failure to vindicate himself. Unaware of his transparent behavior,…show more content…
As he drifting toward the source of his throes, the audience initially believes he rings the bell out of self-punishment. Ironically, however, he finds pleasure in the situation. The fact that Raskolnikov enjoys the sensations that accompany the sound draws attention to his perspective towards his crime. His trauma does not stem from the guilt attributed to a violation of civil or moral laws. Instead, he views the murders as acts of justice and, therefore, considers the crime scene to be admirable work. As the perpetrator, Raskolnikov sees the crime in its righteous beauty as well as its callous, cruel nature. He considers himself to be above others and, for this reason, he pushes the boundaries of his own security. Similar to the repeating bell noises, intrusive thoughts continue to plague Raskolnikov and he cannot resist the impulse to invest in such ideas. While he is aware of his circular reasoning, he does not take action to end them similar to how he cannot stop himself from ringing the doorbell. “‘Yes, I am...I am all over blood-stains!’ said Raskolnikov, with a peculiar look; then he smiled, nodded his head, and turned down the stairs. He went down quietly, without hurry; he was in a fever again, but unconscious of the fact, and full of a strange new feeling of boundlessly full and powerful life welling in him” (Dostoevsky 159). Following Marmeladov’s death, Raskolnikov experiences a rejuvenation that deeply contrasts with the emotions following the
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