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Crime and Punishment In Dostoevskys Crime and Punishment Raskolnikovs dream about the mare can be used as a vehicle to probe deep into his mentality to discover how he really feels inside The dream suggests that Raskolnikov is a split man after all his name in Russian means split He has a cruel and thoughtless side as well as a caring compassionate side to his personality Through the dream and the symbols therein a reader can cast Raskolnikov as well as other characters from Crime And Puni shment into any of the various parts in the dream Each part that a character takes on leads to a different conclusion about that character Raskolnikov himself fits into the positions of Mikolka the child and the mare If Mikolka the drunken owner of the mare were to represent Raskolnikov then the mare would most probably represent Alyona Ivanovna The senseless beating of the mare by Mikolka is similar to the brutal attack on Alyona by Rodion It should be noted that both Alyona and the mare were female These heartless attacks foreshadow the crime that Raskolnikov is contemplating Dostoevsky unveils Raskolnikovs cruel side during this dream if it is to be interpreted in this way On the same token Raskolnikovs compassionate side could be represented by the little boy The child watching the beating realizes the absurdity of it He even rushes to Mikolka ready to punish him for killing the mare This illustrate s Rodions internal struggle while contemplating the murder of Alyona His humane side the child tells him to live and let live And his extraordinary side according to
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