In contrast, the physical beauty of the character contrasts significantly with the ugliness of the crime.
Ultimately, Raskolnikov will emerge as a dual character, fluctuating between two extremes.
*Note: I consider these questions spoiler-free, unless you consider the murder of the pawnbroker a spoiler. Raskolnikov gives a number of reasons throughout the novel for killing the pawnbroker, especially when he goes to visit Sonia the second time. If you believe this, then Raskolnikov killed to prove to himself that he was, indeed, above the common man and would not suffer their common consequence, including guilt or remorse. If it guilt, why was he so disturbed before the murder as well?
If you’re picking up and you don’t know the main character is going to kill a pawnbroker…um, sorry for that. Was the thought of killing tearing him apart, or is he mentally unbalanced in a different way? I would argue that 90 percent of the characters in the novel are delusional.
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Summary On a hot and sultry day in July, Rodion Romanovitch Raskolnikov, a young student, slips past his landlady to whom he is heavily in debt, and roams aimlessly towards an old and despicable pawnbroker, Alyona Ivanovna.
On the way to the pawnbroker's, he simply cannot believe that he is going to perform some loathsome action.
He also realizes that his thoughts are confused, partly because he had eaten practically nothing for two days.
Often during the novel, these physical matters will be used to explain his crimes and his sick frightened feelings that are attributed to the squalor of his room and his lack of food.
In contrast to his physical surroundings, his personal appearance is exceptional; even though he is clothed in rags, he is still exceptionally handsome, slim, "well-built with beautiful dark eyes and dark brown hair." Too often, even today, illustrators often depict Raskolnikov as physically depraved and/or deformed — a vicious Mr. Unlike other great writers, such as Dickens, whose evil characters are described in frightful terms, Dostoevsky does just the opposite — he presents Raskolnikov as physically attractive so as to prevent any possible view that the ugliness of his crime is influenced by a physical deformity.