Crime_and_Punishment_Essay-2 - Crime and Punishment Essay...

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Crime and Punishment Essay There are sixty seconds in a minute, sixty minutes in an hour, twenty-four hours in a day, and three hundred and sixty-five days in a year. Suppose, just for one of those precious seconds that who you believed yourself to be did not exist. Suppose that your consciousness was split in two, good or evil, nice or mean. Now suppose that both halves of your spilt personality were embodied into two other human beings to portray the two paths your life could take. This may all seem like something out of a science fiction movie, but for four lucky characters in Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, this is to be their role in a story that they are forced to play a part in. These lucky characters are Sonya, Svidrigaylov, Porfiry, and Raskolnikov, each who have a unique role in the grand scheme of proving this crazy idea true. Dostoevsky does this by giving reason to believe that Sonya and Svidrigaylov are dislocated fragments of Raskolnikov’s consciousness, stripped of their own identity, and obliged to play out the whims of their manipulator Porfiry. With this out of the way it merely leaves which story you would like to hear first, and sense most people enjoy a happy ending I am more than happy to oblige. Svidrigaylov. His name means bear in Russian, and he certainly takes a bearish approach to his own existence. It is however not his name that portrays why he is the “evil” path of Raskolnikov’s life, but it is through his careful wording and manipulating actions that Raskolnikov almost continues along a path that would certainly end in his destruction. For instance, Svidrigaylov is constantly pressuring Raskolnikov to accept the murder and move on as if nothing has happened, something he is implied to have
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experience doing, in a sort of “Hey look at me, I’m all rich and happy now, but completely alone”, kind of way. He also portrays the “evil” path because he seems to understand that Raskolnikov must choose one fragment to rejoin his conscious with, while in essence destroying the other. He makes this quite obvious through his wording such as, “I told you we should come together” (Dostoevsky Pg 369), as he certainly believes that no matter the cost to Raskolnikov, he should join with Svidrigaylov as it would mean his continued existence. Svidrigaylov also attempts to lure Raskolnikov further down the path of evil by
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