This first chapter also emphasizes his extreme poverty and his small

This first chapter also emphasizes his extreme poverty and his small

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This first chapter also emphasizes his extreme poverty and his small, cramped apartment. Often  during the novel, these physical matters will be used to explain his crimes and his sick frightened  feelings that are attributed to the squalor of his room and his lack of food. In contrast to his physical surroundings, his personal appearance is exceptional; even though he is  clothed in rags, he is still exceptionally handsome, slim, "well-built with beautiful dark eyes and dark  brown hair." Too often, even today, illustrators often depict Raskolnikov as physically depraved and/or  deformed — a vicious Mr. Hyde or a horrible misfit. Unlike other great writers, such as Dickens,  whose evil characters are described in frightful terms, Dostoevsky does just the opposite — he 
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