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Unformatted text preview: Sonya functions in the novel as one aspect of Raskolnikov's character and also as the "passive redemptive" figure. She is the meek and self-submissive figure. Her function is to help redeem Raskolnikov, but her redemptive role is a passive one. This means that she does little in an active way to make Raskolnikov confess or change his way. Rather, she is simply available whenever Raskolnikov needs her. The question arises as to how can she be redemptive: She is redemptive because through her suffering she becomes for Raskolnikov the symbol of all the suffering humanity, that is, all the suffering of mankind is represented in her own suffering. And through her compassionate nature and ability to love, she touches deeply one side of Raskolnikov's character. Her life is one of simple expedience for existence....
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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.
- Fall '10