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Raskolnikov our main character in Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky commits a horrid crime murder and we see his guilt and suffering as he tries to live with what he has done He justifies his actions with a theory of the Extraordinary Man yet he forgets to mention the extraordinary women Sonia known mainly as the prostitute is truly that an extraordinary woman Without her the book wouldnt be called Crime and Punishment for Raskolnikov would have avoided and eluded his own punishment One of the many roles of Sonia is the supporter of her family allotting her the role of a redeemer As her father Marmeladov wastes away the familys money by buying alcohol he leaves behind a starving family with only a pair rags for clothes Sonia only a young adult has no choice and goes into to prostitution to save the family from desolation giving as much of her earnings as she can to help her family out when possible Though she is described often as a gentle creature with a soft little voice fair hair and such a pale thin little face17 we see she also has a gentle heart and her the sacrifices she makes adding to her redeemer role As she cares for her family but as well is there for Raskolnikov whenever he needs her Additionally her submissive and placid side is shown through her conversation and action once Raskolnikov asks her You dont get money every day Sonia was more confused than ever and color rushed into her face again No she whispered with a painful effort320 Dostoevsky is moreover able to establish Sonia as the redeemer for the reason that through her suffering for her family she develops to be the symbol of all the suffering of humanity for Raskolnikov as he says to her I did not bow down to you I bowed down to all the suffering of humanity 279 Here Raskolnikov
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