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Traits Of Raskolnikov

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Raskolnikov is depicted as “crushed by poverty, but the anxieties of his position had of late ceased to weigh upon him” (Dostoyevsky 3). During 1861, the Emancipation Reform had recently taken place. After the defeat of Russia in the Crimean War, Russian officials declared to give rights to the serfs. The serfs were treated poorly leading to protests and eventually leading to the Reform. The Emancipation Reform put Russia backward socially and economically. The serfdom illustrated Russia’s weaknesses and Raskolnikov was a representation of an individual struggling with Russia’s difficulties. The economy was suffering and the need for money became crucial for regular basic needs to survive. Fyodor Dostoyevsky, the author of the novel, considers…show more content…
During the time when Raskolnikov conversated with the Zamiotov at the restaurant, he was given an opportunity to confess but rather choose to be a wimp and leave. Suddenly Raskolnikov blurts, “[w]hat if it was I who murdered the old woman and Lizaveta? … is it possible though, I don’t think so… he left, quivering all over with a kind of wild hysteria…” (159-160). There were many opportunities given to Raskolnikov to confess in the presence of an officer. On the other hand, he choose to back out of his plan at the last second and leave keeping Zamiotov in thought. His delusional thoughts prevented him from confessing at this stage. Even at the point of confessing his sins to Sonia, Raskolnikov bluntly informs her “I learned [that] people won’t change, nobody can reform them, and it’s not worth the effort. It’s the law of their being… whoever is strong strong and self-confident in mind and spirit has power over them. [I] looked at Sonia but no longer cared whether she understood or not… Sonia realized that this dark catechism had become his creed and his law” (398). While Sonia is present in the room when Raskolnikov intends to confess, he indirectly states his confession. Raskolnikov was not courageous enough to verbally confess his crimes. He showed cowardice while talking to Sonia. Sonia is Raskolnikov’s love, in that manner Raskolnikov should be able to express himself freely,…show more content…
He shows egotistical, cowardly, and humane trait. Raskolnikov’s egocentric behaviors make him only care for himself and relate every situation back to himself. However, his humane side is occasionally seen throughout varied events. Similarly, these characteristics brought out his divided character. Raskolnikov continues to be thought-provoking character who has matured as a character in some
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