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Sonyas affect on Raskolnikov Sonya throughout the story had a great affect on Raskolnikovs changes In the novel Crime and Punishment by Fyoder Dostoevsky this can be seen from all the things Sonya had done for Raskolnikov and what affect the cold person turned loving Sonya is the daughter of Rodias friend that was forced into prostitution to provide for the family but all is done willingly out of love In Sonya one can see a great sinner as Raskalnikov at peace with her and with God Sonyas knowledge that God alone gives one worth allows Sonya to love others unconditionally including Raskalnikov Sonya also helps Raskolnikov to get rid of suffering from guilt Sonya being extremely religious believes that everyone deserves a second chance Sonya then shows Raskolnikov how to be forgiven in Gods eyes Then convinces Rodia to confess to everyone the murders of the old money lender so that in Gods eyes will be forgiven Against Sonyas meekness and love Raskalnikov begins to break At first Rodia is argumentative mocking Sonyas childlike faith Shes a holy fool Raskalnikov thinks to but yet Rodia is still drawn to Sonyas strength At last Raskalnikov begins to realize that he is not alone and it is because of this realization that the great sinner began to confess to Sonya It can be said that in this confession Raskalnikovs strength returns However Raskalnikovs confession to Sonya is not enough and Sonya knows it Sonya asks only one thing of her beloved that he should acknowledge the reality of mankind outside himself and should solemnly declare his acceptance of this new faith by an act of confession to all the people Sonya tells Raskalnikov to bow down at a crossroads kiss the earth that Rodia had offended and say aloud I have killed After repenting Sonya says that Raskalnikov must face the consequences of the actions Only through accepting
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