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Dreams are one of the great mysteries of human life We all have themoften times we can recall exactly what happened during them yet no onecan definitively state the reason why our mind creates the images itdoes Many psychologists and psychiatrists alike believe that dreams area vivid gateway into an individuals inner workings and thoughts AsMarsha Norman once wrote Dreams are illustrations from the book yoursoul is writing about you In the book Crime and Punishment FeodorDostoevsky brilliantly uses dreams as a way of defining characters andfurthering the plot By examining how dreams help us understand thecharacters of Raskolnikov and Svidrigailov and why Dostoevsky utilizeddreams so often in the novel a better understanding of the impact ofdreams in Crime and Punishment can be achievedA good part of the novel takes place inside of Raskolnikovs mind Whathe is thinking what he is planning what he is feeling However oftentimes when Raskolnikov is conscious we cant get a clear picture of histhoughts because he himself doesnt even know what he is reallythinking It is well documented that he has a split personality andthat he is teetering on the edge of insanity so his conscious thoughtsare often muddy and unclear As a result we get the best description ofRaskolnikovs character and what he is feeling at the present timethrough his vivid dreams Raskolnikov has several dreams throughout thenovel that by themselves could describe the plotline fairly well The most memorable dream of Raskolnikovs is the dream of the old horsebeing beaten to death It occurs when Raskolnikov is frantic over theidea of whether or not it is going to happen Drunk he falls into somebushes on Petrovsky Island and falls asleep immediately He dreams thathe is a child again He and his father are on their way to the cemeteryand walk past a tavern where there is a lot of commotion A drunken mannamed Mikolka storms out of the tavern promising to do in the old horsethat is
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