Crime and Punishment (Part VI)

Crime and Punishment (Part VI) - Paul Markakis A.P. English...

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Paul Markakis A.P. English Period 6 Crime and Punishment Throughout Crime and Punishment, author Fyodor Dostoevsky uses long, overly detailed descriptions to signify more than what he externally suggests. Although his depictions can be interpreted as simply descriptive text, they can also be understood as commentaries on other aspects of the novel. In Chapter III of Part VI, Dostoevsky begins to describe protagonist Rodion Raskolnikov’s observation of Arkady Svidrigaïlov. The first thing that Raskolnikov notices is that the entire second floor of the house on his left has been converted to a tavern completely filled with people. The windows are also all wide open. However, Svidrigaïlov was attempting to hide himself within this crowded room. This is vaguely reminiscent of the beginning of the novel, when Raskolnikov went to the tavern itching to avoid people but instead choosing to surround himself by them. Just as Raskolnikov had a specific task in mind when he first sat down with Marmeladov in the tavern, Svidrigaïlov also has a particular objective in mind when Raskolnikov sits down with him. Both Marmeladov and Svidrigaïlov were drunk during these
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