Raskolnikov Internal Conflict

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Chloee Henley, Period 5 Part I: Reader’s Journal Part I: Comment on a Character I find it very interesting how suspicious of everything Raskolnikov appears to be at the beginning of the novel. Obviously in the first few pages of the novel readers can quite easily identify his internal conflict and the way he goes back and forth on whether or not he should commit his crime, but I find it odd that this intense level of suspicion comes before he has even committed the crime. Most would think that his suspicion of everyone would come after committing his crime, suspecting that people would know what he had done. After meeting with the pawnbroker Raskolnikov goes into the tavern where he has “one glass of beer… and already looked better… [but]…show more content…
I don’t know about you, but one thing’s for sure. She deserves better. Part II: Comment on the Author’s Style The core of this novel is Raskolnikov’s crime and him coming to terms with himself and the guilt/ punishment that he feels and must endure once committing it. I believe that the way in which the author decided to write his novel, being able to explore Raskolnikov’s mind and thought process I believe is the best way for readers to understand the crime and the punishment. I find it interesting how the author writes his character’s thought process in such a way that he is constantly questioning himself in the things that he has done and what he plans on doing. This questioning is particularly apparent just after Raskolnikov has killed the pawnbroker and is recapping all that he has done and how he has hidden the pawnbroker’s items he has stolen. He thinks to himself “What is wrong with me? Do you call that hidden? Is that any way to hide things? (90). The author could have showed a similar approach to Raskolnikov’s madness by giving us a description of a frantic Raskolnikov via other characters’ thoughts but instead Dostoevsky lets readers inside Raskolnikov’s head in order to get a more accurate depiction of Raskolnikov’s thought process and madness. Part II: Describe the Tone Words used: stately, peevish, prim, offensively, mistrustfully, alarmed, affronted, staring motionlessly, deliberateness,
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