In spite of his crime

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In spite of his crime, Raskolnikov is worth redeeming and therefore since Raskolnikov is a dual  personality, Dostoevsky also felt the need of creating two additional characters who, taken  separately, represent the two opposing aspects of his nature. Thus, Sonya is the warm human,  compassionate, charitable aspect of Raskolnikov's character. She is the meek and submissive  personality. She will become the symbol of "the suffering of all humanity." In contrast Svidrigailov is the detached cold manifestation of the self-will and power and intellect.  Consequently, so often in the novel, when Raskolnikov is attracted to Sonya, he is repulsed by the  depravity of Svidrigailov. Likewise, when he is talking or going to see Svidrigailov, he is disgusted  with and repulsed by Sonya's tears and weaknesses. With Raskolnikov's character established as a dual one, and with these two characters, Sonya and 
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