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In the novel Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky suffering is an integral part of every characters role However the message that Dostoevsky wants to present with the main character Raskolnikov is not one of the Christian idea of salvation through suffering Rather it appears to me as if the author never lets his main character suffer mentally throughout the novel in relation to the crime that is His only pain seems to be physical sicknes Raskolnikov commits a premeditated murder in a state of delirium He ends up committing a second murder which he never ever wanted to be responsible for He kills Lizaveta an exceedingly innocent person But does the author ever remind us of the murder at any time in the novel again Not in the physical sense of the crime itself The reader doesnt hear about how heavily the murders are weighing on his heart or how he is tormented by visions of the crime He doesnt feel the least bit guilty about having committed the crime only his prides hurt He doesnt mention the idea of the pain that might arise from recurrent visions of the crime Raskolnikov never again recalls the massive amounts of blood everywhere the look on Lizavetas face when he brings down the axe on her head These things clearly show that the crime isnt what might cause him suffering or pain it is something else After Raskolnikov is sent off to Siberia he doesnt feel remorseful His feelings havent changed about his crime he feels bad at not being able to living up to his own ideas of greatness He grows depressed only when he learns of his mothers death Raskolnikov still hasnt found any reason to feel remorse for his crimes
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