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Oh What a Tangled Web We Weave In Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoevsky guides his readers through the mind of an axe murderer Believing himself to be above common law and common man Raskolnikov proclaims himself extraordinary To prove to the world that he is someone special he commits a murder not expecting punishment By Part VI however Raskolnikov seeks redemption realizing it is the only way he can have a relationship with Sonia To do this he must first overcome his pride and confess Raskolnikovs pride plays an important part in the novel His struggle to overcome pride as well as his inner struggle of deception leave Raskolnikov in emotional turmoil A great many men of genius have not hesitated in wrongdoing and so Raskolnikov fancies that he is a genius too 500 In fact he murders an old hag 457 otherwise known as Alena Ivanovna a pawnbroker to make society a better place 223 Soon however his actions start to haunt him While Raskolnikov never considers himself guilty of a wrongdoing Sonia Dunya and his mother know the truth When he first confesses to Sonia Svidrigailov overhears them talking and uses the information to his advantage He tells Dounia that Raskolnikov made a full confession to Sonia 498 It devastates her to discover her brother is a murderer From there Raskolnikovs mother heard Dounia talking in her sleep and understands at least half of it already 526 Both Sonia and Dounia urge Raskolnikov to confess He goes for a long walk and decides he wants to end it all 526 After careful deliberation however Raskolnikov finally decides against suicide He would only be escaping punishment and his pride cannot allow that Raskolnikovs pride is a major theme in Crime and Punishment It if had not been for pride he would not have felt the
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