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Unformatted text preview: Bhagat 1 Suny Bhagat Period 7 Mr. D In Crime and Punishment, the author, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, fortifies the role women play in society. Women were of lesser importance than men in the 1800s, the time period in which this novel was written. They were viewed as a utility only for cooking food and taking care of children, while men had the image of the hard-worker. Dostoyevsky challenged this predisposition by using assorted techniques in writing Crime and Punishment. The female characters liberate the mans wrong-doings. The very first female character of great importance introduced is Sonya Marmeladov. She may seem like the typical low-class woman when the audience learns of her prostitute status, but her sacrifice only exists for the recklessness her father demonstrates (by careless use of the familys hard-earned money). Dostoyevsky labels Sonya as a Christ-figure: she represents the only way to salvation, which is through faith and suffering (taking responsibility for the consequences of one's actions). This gives her through faith and suffering (taking responsibility for the consequences of one's actions)....
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