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There is no one - no on in the whole world now so unhappy as you 381 Often authors impose misery and self sacrifice upon their character to give the reader a sense of sympathy for those characters After all who would care about a hero who has everything going for him Oddly enough there is something attractive about a monk traveling the countryside doing good deeds and starving Mercilessly authors mold their characters into such monks dragging them through economically unstable times and selfless deeds Playing on mans perverse fascination Doestoevsky author of Crime and Punishment makes the reader care for the main character Raskolnikov through his mortal torment and charitable acts First the reader gains sympathy for Raskolnikov as he observes the suffering this character goes through Raskolnikov only has the money his mother sends him Furthermore he is so poorly dressed passersby might well have taken him for a beggar asking alms in the streets 109 He cannot pay for his apartment and has no money for food This desperation leads him to murder Raskolnikovs economic suffering makes the reader feel sorry for the character Everyone knows the feeling of not being able to get what one wants Not only is Raskolnikov unable to get the things he wants but he has no access to the bare necessities of life Dostoevsky paints a picture of bedraggled clothes on an emaciated body living of off scraps and in dept to everyone Such suffering evokes a feeling of compassion for the forced-ascetic If he could the reader would help out the protagonist in any way possible So the physical suffering Raskolnikov goes through is an effective tool for making the reader care about the character Not limited to the body his suffering continues physiologically After the murder Raskolnikov falls very ill 224 Smelling the paint in the police station gives a him a shock and he faints 145 Clearly the main
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