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To be human is to be full of contradictions In the novel Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky the relationship between a young man that commits a murder and his friends and family is explored The characters that Dostoevsky creates are filled with beautiful contradictions that make them all the more human The main character Raskolnikov is Dostoevskys focus for his exploration of duality in character Raskol in Russian means schism or split This name gives an inside view to Raskolnikov He is torn between a conscience that urges him to do good and a cruelly rational side that pushes him to do evil His conscience urges him to be generous and benevolent with those that are less fortunate than he At one point Raskolnikov sees a young girl drunk on the street with a lecherous old man trailing behind her Raskolnikov finds a nearby policeman and takes him to the scene I saw myself watching her and following her but I prevented him and he is just waiting for me to go awayThink how can we keep her out of his hands and how are we to get her homeHere said Raskolinikov feeling in his pockets and finding twenty copecks here call a cab and tell him to drive her to her address 43 Then after he thinks about it and his other side has a chance to rationalize he regrets his actions He the policeman has carried off my twenty copecks Raskolnikov murmurs angrily when he is left alone Well let him take as much from that other fellow to allow him to have the girl and so will it end And why did I want to interfere Is it for me to help Have I any right to help Let them devour each other alive-what is it to me 45 There are other instances of this contradictory behavior throughout the novel Raskolnikov gives money to the family of a friend after the
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