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Crime and Punishment | Study Guide

Fyodor Dostoevsky

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Crime and Punishment | Chapter Summaries

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Timeline of Events

  • A hot day in July

    Raskolnikov plots his crime and meets the Marmeladov family.

    Part 1, Chapter 2
  • The next day

    Raskolnikov debates with himself about the crime, then decides to do it.

    Part 1, Chapter 5
  • The next day

    Raskolnikov kills the pawnbroker and her half-sister, who walks in on him.

    Part 1, Chapter 7
  • The next day

    Raskolnikov is called to the police. He hides the evidence. He becomes seriously ill.

    Part 2, Chapter 1
  • A few days later

    Raskolnikov recovers, threatens Luzhin, drops hints about the crime, and sees Marmeladov die.

    Part 2, Chapter 5
  • The next day

    Raskolnikov meets Porfiry, then Svidrigaïlov. Dounia splits from Luzhin; Raskolnikov visits Sonia.

    Part 3, Chapter 3
  • The next day

    Nikolay confesses to the murders; Svidrigaïlov overhears Raskolnikov confess to Sonia.

    Part 4, Chapter 4
  • A few days later

    Porfiry accuses Raskolnikov, who then meets with Svidrigaïlov. Svidrigaïlov tries to assault Dounia.

    Part 4, Chapter 5
  • The next day

    Svidrigaïlov kills himself. Raskolnikov turns himself into the police.

    Part 6, Chapter 6
  • Nine months later

    Raskolnikov goes to a Siberian prison. After an illness he finds love and redemption with Sonia.

    Epilogue, Part 1

Chapter Summaries Chart

Chapter Summary
Part 1, Chapters 1–2 On a hot July evening in 1860s Saint Petersburg, Russia, a young man sneaks out of his boardinghouse because he owes b... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 3–4 The next day Raskolnikov wallows in his isolation. His landlady has stopped sending him food because he owes her money... Read More
Part 1, Chapters 5–6 Raskolnikov despairs that Razumihin cannot really help him find work but decides he will visit him once he has committ... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 7 Raskolnikov arrives at Alyona's apartment and gives her his fake item to pawn. As she struggles to open it, he strikes h... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 1–2 After lying in bed for hours, Raskolnikov suddenly realizes he forgot to hide the evidence from the crime. Panicked an... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 3–5 For several days Raskolnikov is so ill he becomes delirious, even forgetting his crime. He returns to his senses to fi... Read More
Part 2, Chapters 6–7 Raskolnikov decides to confess: "This must be ended to-day, once for all, immediately; he would not go on living like ... Read More
Part 3, Chapters 1–2 Dounia's and Pulcheria's concern "tortures" Raskolnikov. He goes back and forth, telling them to stay, then insisting ... Read More
Part 3, Chapters 3–4 Dounia, Pulcheria, and Razumihin visit Raskolnikov. Zossimov pronounces him improved. Raskolnikov expresses overdue gr... Read More
Part 3, Chapters 5–6 Raskolnikov pretends to be lighthearted when he and Razumihin meet Porfiry, the police investigator. He is unpleasantl... Read More
Part 4, Chapter 1 Svidrigaïlov visits Raskolnikov in his room. He claims he has given up his designs on Dounia—he is engaged to marry some... Read More
Part 4, Chapters 2–3 Razumihin and Raskolnikov go to Dounia's and Pulcheria's apartment. Luzhin is unhappy to find Raskolnikov there in vio... Read More
Part 4, Chapter 4 Raskolnikov visits Sonia. They discuss what will happen to Katerina Ivanovna and her children. Sonia defends her stepmot... Read More
Part 4, Chapters 5–6 Raskolnikov goes to see Porfiry the next morning. He hates Porfiry but resolves to hide it. Porfiry explains how he li... Read More
Part 5, Chapters 1–3 Luzhin is staying with Lebeziatnikov, the Marmeladovs's socialist neighbor. Luzhin obsesses over his broken engagement... Read More
Part 5, Chapter 4 On the way to Sonia's, Raskolnikov still debates confessing to her, but he knows he must. He asks her if she would choos... Read More
Part 5, Chapter 5 Lebeziatnikov arrives at Sonia's room, reporting that Katerina Ivanovna has lost her mind and taken the children into th... Read More
Part 6, Chapters 1–2 For several days Raskolnikov wanders the city in a mental fog, wondering what Svidrigaïlov will do. Seeing him at Soni... Read More
Part 6, Chapters 3–4 After Porfiry leaves Raskolnikov hurries to talk to Svidrigaïlov. Raskolnikov is avoiding Sonia because she reminds hi... Read More
Part 6, Chapters 5–6 Raskolnikov follows Svidrigaïlov to the boardinghouse. Svidrigaïlov threatens to call the police and tell them what he... Read More
Part 6, Chapter 7 Raskolnikov claims to have finally made up his mind. He visits his mother, who weeps with relief. Ironically, she has re... Read More
Part 6, Chapter 8 Sonia is deeply relieved to find that Raskolnikov has not killed himself. Rambling and distracted, he asks for her littl... Read More
Epilogue, Parts 1–2 Nine months later Raskolnikov is in a Siberian prison. At his trial he told what he did in detail and did not attempt ... Read More
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