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The Written Word When something is written be it by hand typed or printed it becomes tangible evidence It carries more weight than that which is given by word of mouth Dostoyevskys use of the written word in this chapter shows the avoidable Porfiry knew that Raskolnikov was a client of Alonias bc Both items the ring and the watch were at her place wrapped up in the same sheet of paper on which your Raskolnikovs name was clearly written in pencil pg 250 That solidifies the connection between him and Alonia Since the old witch wrote down the date in pencil pg 253 there were also dates such that if Raskolnikov ever tried to take back his statements there was undeniable evidence His article about the extraordinary man also in print and signed pg 255-258 is further undeniable proof of his views Some things simply cannot be escaped Alcohol Alcohol has been a continuous motif through out the novel but serving different purposes in its symbolism In this chapter it is the recurring excuse for things said and things discovered Porfiry tells Raskolnikov of the Six of them arguing in one room And tanked up on punch at that pg 254 It was in that state that crime as a protest against the abnormal social order pg 253 was discussed The idea sounds crazy- ludicrous so Pomfiry excuses it with their drunkenness It was only a little earlier that in response to Raskolnikov and Razumikhins irritation at his interrogation Porfiry excuses his actions because hes got a hangover from your party my friend pg 253 As long as there is something to blame it can be excused Volume Volume in the room is a good representation of the level of comfort Raskolnikovs variation from forcing himself to be gay enough to laugh to being severely on guard is reflected in the noise level Initially he and Razumikhin enter laughing and
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