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The main character of the novel Crime and Punishment by Feodor Dostoevsky Raskolnikov is in reality has two totally contradicting personalities One part of him is intellectual He is cold unfeeling and inhumane He exibits tremendous self-will It is this side that enables him to commit the most terrible crime imaginable - taking another human life The other part of his personality is warm and compassionate This is the side of him that does charitable acts and fights out against the evil in his society The confusion in Raskolnikovs soul is best seen when he tries to help a girl in the street who has been raped and left to the whims of anyone who finds her Raskolnikov tries to protect her from the evil of the street gut then stops himself when he is revulsed by the wickedness of his society Why did I take it upon myself to interfere Was it for me to try to help Let them eat one another alive - what is it to me At one time Raskolnikov is both caring and concerned and yet he is able to push aside the whole affair by being totally indifferent This is how Raskolnikov is able to commit his crime His intellectual side ignores his conscience and is able to commit the crime in a rational and orderly way It is his dual character that serves as his punishment One side of him is able to commit the murders so the other must bear the punishment He is tortured by the cruelty in mankind and yet he himself is able to repeat it Ralkolnokove justifies his crime through a philosophy that he has come up with The man with power is the man to rule over all others But this power is only given to those who dare to take it Raskolnikov wanted to see if he had the courage to take that power
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