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Many great literary works emerge from a writers experiences Through The Crucible Arthur Miller unleashes his fears and disdain towards the wrongful accusations of McCarthyism Not only does Ernest Hemmingway present the horrors he witnessed in World War I in his novel A Fair Well to Arms he also addresses his disillusionment of war and that of the expatriates Another writer who brings his experiences into the pages of a book is Fyodor Dostoyevsky Faced with adversity and chronic financial problems he lived as a struggling writer in St Petersburg a city stricken with poverty Dostoyevskys novel Crime and Punishment ingeniously illustrates the blatant destitution that plagued the city of St Petersburg in nineteenth century Throughout Crime and Punishment Dostoyevsky reveals how this destitution victimizes two main female characters Sofia Semionovna Marmeladov and Avdotya Romanovna RaskolnikovIn a poverty stricken St Petersburg many drunkards scourge the local taverns to satiate their desolation One such out-of-work government clerk Zakharych Semyon Marmeladov lingers in the taverns relinquishing every penny to alcohol Marmeladovs inability to maintain a job causes his family to live as indigents The lack of money essentially leaves Sofia Semionovna the daughter of Marmeladov in a vulnerable position Although Sonia is an honorable girl she has no special talents Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky New York Penguin Group 1968 27 With no steady income flowing into the familys pockets Sonias three younger stepsiblings cry of hunger In response to the cries Katherine Ivanovna Sonias stepmother introduces the idea of harlotry to Sonia Consequently Sonia puts on her cape and kerchief and leaves the apartment 28 As she re-enters later she walks straight up to Katherine Ivanovna and quietly puts thirty rubles on the table 28 In order to quiet the weeping of the hungry children Sonia turns to a life of prostitution as a means of supporting her family 28 After tainting her body she does not utter a word she does not
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