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Crime and Punishment By Tom Burke E-mail happyhoserhotmailcom In the novel Crime and Punishment Dostoevsky portrays the main character Raskolnikov in a complex and unique fashion He could have been portrayed as the good guy bad guy or just your average man on the street but Raskolnikov is displayed with more than one persona It would have been much easier for Raskolnikov to explain his weekness but it was more pleasant for him to consider himself a strong man Chizhevsky 164 Raskolnikovs dream reveals that his personality is complex and double sided His range of actions and emotions are more of a Dr Jekyl and Mr Hyde type character On the outside he appears to be in control of his raging homicidal tendencies but he is full of turmoil on the inside Raskolnikovs dream presents these different personas Dostoevsky has given him His dream also gives the reader a good inside look into Raskolnikovs interior conflicts Chizhevky 191 In the beginning of his dream Raskolnikov is out in the street He seems to be wandering around aimlessly with no recollection of what he is supposed to be doing or why he is there Meanwhile everyone else in the dream is carrying on like nothing is wrong Before delving into the significance of this scene the reader must note how important control is to him He is an extremely proud man and needs to be in control of himself and everything around him at all times Magill 222 In his view everything in his life should revolve around him The beginning of the dream represents the loss of this control in his life It seems that no matter what he says or does the world will continue to spin and the people on it continue to go about their everyday business He can almost be compared to the young teenage girl that he finds wandering in the street due to the fact
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