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Schism In Dostoevskys Crime and Punishment the main character Raskolnikov goes through troubling times after making a cruel act of injustice He suffers mental anxiety for what he has done that leads to physical problems all the while being torn by thoughts of who he really is His name raskol in Russian means split It is easy to see how he is split into two mindsets one of a cruel heartless being and one of a caring humane gentleman He cannot keep control of what he needs to be doing and how he should act Raskolnikovs conscience is sent into a whirlwind of ideas and emotions that he just cannot handle A large scene in the novel is when Dostoevsky talks about Raskolnikovs dream This dream can help summarize how he has been torn in two by his acts To begin Raskolnikovs dream was a vivid description of a drunken man beating his horse Whether this dream is a result of his mental sickness or he simply has weird dreams Dostoevsky uses this as a metaphor for Raskolnikovs mental state The scene can be taken in a variety of ways depending on how the reader interprets what Dostoevsky was trying to say It can be broken down to main parts Take for instance Mikolka the drunk man who committed the vicious act He can represent Raskolnikov The mare so to speak could represent Aliona Ivanovna Mikolka and Raskolnikov both committed acts of murder Both of their motives were very unclear Raskolnikovs killing of his landlady and her sister Lizaveta can parallel Mikolkas act of beating his horse Raskolnikovs intent towards his following through with his acts is very vague his mind was not controlling what his body was doing His unclear thoughts and disturbed actions resulted in him taking the axe out all the way raised it back with both hands hardly aware of what he doing and almost without effort almost mechanically he brought
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