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Unformatted text preview: The introduction of Marmeladov at this point is central to Raskolnikov's theories. He has just left a woman (Alyona Ivanovna) who is filthy, greasy, and lives the life of a "louse"; he is repulsed by her and plans to murder her. Yet, here he meets Marmeladov who is also filthy, greasy, with dirty hands and is a horrible, abject creature who has allowed his own daughter to enter prostitution so as to help support his drinking habits; yet rather than seeing him as a "louse," the opposite feelings are evoked in Raskolnikov he responds with sympathy and compassion to this outwardly useless creature. This meeting with Marmeladov this early in the novel establishes Raskolnikov's dual personality. Throughout the novel, we should remember that Raskolnikov functions either as a warm, compassionate, and humane individual willing to help the downtrodden, or else as a cold, detached,...
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