Crime and Punishment | Study Guide

Fyodor Dostoevsky

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Crime and Punishment | Characters

Character Description
Raskolnikov Rodion Romanovitch Raskolnikov, nicknamed "Rodya," is a poor law student who has dropped out of the university. Read More
Sonia Sofya Semyonovna Marmeladov, nicknamed "Sonia," is Marmeladov's daughter from his first marriage. Read More
Alyona Alyona Ivanovna is a pawnbroker in Raskolnikov's neighborhood. Read More
Dounia Avdotya Romanovna Raskolnikov is Raskolnikov's sister and Luzhin's fiancée. Read More
Luzhin Pyotr Petrovitch Luzhin is Dounia's fiancé, a rich lawyer on the rise. Read More
Razumihin Dmitri Prokofitch Razumihin is Raskolnikov's friend from the university. Read More
Svidrigaïlov Arkady Ivanovitch Svidrigaïlov is Marfa Petrovna's husband and Dounia's former employer. Read More
Girl in Part 1, Chapter 4 The girl is a drunken teenager whom Raskolnikov tries to help.
Katerina Ivanovna Katerina Ivanovna Marmeladov is Marmeladov's wife, who suffers from consumption (tuberculosis) and whose life has been ruined by her husband's alcoholism.
Lebeziatnikov Andrey Semyonovitch Lebeziatnikov is an idealistic young socialist who is a housemate of the Marmeladovs and a former ward of Luzhin.
Lizaveta Lizaveta Ivanovna is Alyona's much younger and nicer half-sister, whom Alyona abuses. She is Raskolnikov's unintended second murder victim.
Marmeladov Semyon Zaharovitch Marmeladov is a former civil servant who has lost his job due to alcoholism and impoverished his family.
Nikolay Nikolay Dementyev is a painter who confesses to the murders to relieve his guilt over lesser sins.
Porfiry Porfiry Petrovitch is the head of the police investigative department—a tricky investigator with clear insights into Raskolnikov's motivations.
Pulcheria Pulcheria Alexandrovna Raskolnikov is Raskolnikov's and Dounia's devoted mother. She borrows against her small pension to send Raskolnikov money.
Nikodim Fomich Nikodim Fomitch is a kind-hearted police administrator to whom Raskolnikov considers confessing his crime.
Amalia Fyodorovna Amalia Fyodorovna Lippevechsel is the Marmeladov's German landlady.
Ilya Petrovitch Ilya Petrovitch, known as the "Explosive Lieutenant" for his quick temper, is the assistant police superintendent, who suspects Raskolnikov after he faints.
Marfa Petrovna Svidrigaïlov Marfa Petrovna Svidrigaïlov was Dounia's former employer and was married to Arkady Ivanovitch Svidrigaïlov.
Nastasya Nastasya Petrovna is the cook and servant at Raskolnikov's lodging house, who looks in on him and brings him food.
Student in tavern The student who believes that Alyona should be dead.
Zametov Alexandr Grigorievitch Zametov is a young police head clerk whom Raskolnikov suspects of taking bribes.
Zossimov Zossimov is a friend of Razumihin's from the university and a new doctor with an interest in mental illness.
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