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Raskolnikovs Suffering in Crime and Punishment In Fyodor Dostoevskys novel Crime and Punishment suffering is an integral part of every introduced characters role However the message that Dostoevsky wants to present with the main character Raskolnikov is not one of the Christian idea of salvation through suffering The pain Raskolnikov experiences is pangs of either physical or mental anxiety In owing his landlord money he is revolted at the thought of having to make excuses to her Raskolnikovs has a sort of social phobia entailing fear of standing out in a crowd In trying to appear inconspicuous he actually draws more attention to himself Raskolnikovs s neighborhood epitomizes suffering - filthy and populated with drunks and prostitutes and other small tradespeople His surroundings themselves may contribute to his deteriorated mental state the narrator describes the heat and the odor coming off the city the crowds and disorder However his pride leads him to hold himself above other people hardly making him more sociable while his lack of human contact probably is not good for his state of mind He walks along in a trance-like state thinking over his awful plan again taking up the idea and then dismissing it Still the narrator informs us that over the last month the young mans thoughts on this matter have become increasingly serious though at the same time they have disturbed and troubled him Raskolnikov suffers through guilt when he received a letter from his mother that informs him of his sister Dounias experiences while working as a maid His mother reveals that Dounia was trying to earn money to help support Raskolnikov but her employer Svidrigailoff made improper advances to her and her reputation was nearly ruined Now she has accepted a proposal of marriage from a man named Peter Petrovich Looshin who wants to marry Dounia partly because she is poor and so will regard him as a benefactor Dounia agrees to it in
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