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Dostoevskys Crime and Punishment is the story of a poor man in Russia whomentally destroys himself of his guilt through pain and suffering Itanalyzes the mental and physical conflicts brought upon himself by his crimeHis complications are put together by the conflicting personalities which heshows The reader is encouraged to characterize him by his cold ravenousside Yet without the warm peaceful side of his nature and the peopleevolving around him Raskolnikov never realizes the problems in his beliefsand actions Raskolnikov is repeatedly emphasized for the alternating styleof his personality which both are very important Raskolnikovs cold side leads him to develop his theory that extraordinary men have the right to commit crimes and also to commit murder Thisside of him bases all decisions on reasonability rather than on feeling Aperson can be absolutely nothing without emotions The other side of hischaracter is kind and generous Without this side of Raskolnikov being toldin the novel the reader can only see him as an evil murderer and not anmislead victim as Dostoevsky tries to show In the novel Crime and Punishment Raskolnikov shows random acts ofkindness whenever he finds a person in need He gives money to the Marmeladovfamily he attempts to aid Marmeladov when he dies and he tries to get adrunken girl home and away from the stranger All of these things were donespontaneously He simply feels that at the time it is the right thing to doHowever after a short period of time his views can reverse dramatically Hestarts to sensibly analyze what he has done and then feels that his actionswere dumb and stupid This spontaneous change shows the return of his coldside and it occurs after every kind thing that Raskolnikov does These changes and alterations between two different personalities giveRaskolnikov separate visions on his characteristics The novel is focused onthe differences between the two points of view and the reader is able to seehow one person can change
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