A sudden feeling of tenderness floods Rodya

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A sudden feeling of tenderness floods Rodya's heart and softens it, and he asks Sonya: "Do not  forsake me." and she vows she will "Never, forsake you, nowhere! . . . I will follow you wherever you  go. . . I will even follow you to prison." At the mention of prison or Siberia, Raskolnikov recoils, and  his haughty attitude returns. When Sonya asks him how he could bring himself to do such a thing, Raskolnikov offers  explanations ranging from his poverty to his Ubermensch theory. Each of his reasons is rejected so  that Raskolnikov never successfully explains his crime. After many attempts to explain the crime, he  turns to Sonya and asks "tell me what to do now?" She requests him "Go at once, this very minute,  stand at the cross-roads, bow down, first kiss the earth which you have defiled [desecrated] and then  bow down to the whole world and say to all men aloud, 'I am a murderer!'" When Rodya questions this, she tells him again: "Accept suffering and achieve atonement through 
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This note was uploaded on 12/07/2011 for the course ENG 3309 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '10 term at Texas State.

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