Crime and Punishment - Crime and Punishment A Study Guide Plot Summary Raskolnikov considers committing a terrible crime To finance this venture he goes

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Crime and Punishment – A Study Guide Plot Summary: Raskolnikov considers committing a terrible crime. To finance this venture, he goes to the apartment of an old pawnbroker, Alyona Ivanovna. Afterward, he meets Marmeladov, an extremely drunk man who has shirked on his familial obligations. Marmeladov tells Raskolnikov about his family and about his daughter, Sonya, who has been forced into prostitution. The next day, Raskolnikov learns that his sister, Dunya, plans to marry a government official named Luzhin. After visiting another tavern, Raskolnikov decides to kill the pawnbroker the next evening in her apartment. But while he is carrying out his plans, her sister Lizaveta walks in, and he is forced to kill them both. The police begin to suspect him when he faints at the mention of the murders. Raskolnikov continues with his daily routines. Everyone notices how uneasy Raskolnikov becomes when the murders are mentioned. In fact, one time after having an argument with Luzhin, Raskolnikov almost confesses to the murder to Zamyotov. Raskolnikov wants Dunya to break her engagement with Luzhin. Dunya tells Raskolnikov that she and Luzhin will be meeting for dinner and asks him to accompany her, even though Luzhin does not want Raskolnikov to be present. Raskolnikov visits the officer who is heading the murder investigation, Porfiry. They talk about the murders, and Raskolnikov tries to gauge Porfiry’s suspicion of him. The next morning, Raskolnikov awakes and sees a man in his room. His name is Svidrigailov and he is in love with Dunya. He offers Raskolnikov a tremendous amount of money if Dunya to have Dunya break her engagement; Raskolnikov refuses. At dinner, Luzhin argues with Raskolnikov and insults him. It is at this point that Dunya breaks off her engagement with him. Raskolnikov asks Sonya to read the story of Lazarus for him when he visits her. Raskolnikov returns to the police station the next day under the guise of formally requesting the return of his pawned watch. He converses with Porfiry, who Raskolnikov believes is trying to trap him. During their conversation, however, a worker, Nikolai, enters the room and confesses to the murders. Luzhin, who has grown to hate Raskolnikov, tries to frame Sonya for stealing but is disproved by Lebezyatnikov. After the dinner, during a long conversation, Raskolnikov confesses the murders to Sonya, who tries to get him to report himself to the authorities. After Raskolnikov and Razumikhin’s conversation, in which Razumikhin confronts Raskolnikov for his un-gentlemanly behavior, Porfiry appears. He admits that although he does not have enough evidence to prove it, he believes firmly that Raskolnikov is the murderer. Porfiry urges him to confess.

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