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He Raskolnikov found all people he met repulsivetheir faces their manner of walking their movements were repulsive to him Dostoevsky 135 This statement by author Fyodor Dostoevsky presents an apparent view of the misanthropic ideas in the mind of the flawed protagonist of Crime and Punishment Rodion Raskolnikov Through many of these types of the protagonists ideals and thought processes Dostoevsky is able to deliver the theme of alienation in the novel From the first page in the novel Raskolnikov is introduced as a jobless school dropout living in a tiny cupboard of a room Dostoevsky 30 Raskolnikovs arrogance and lack of socialization result in his separation from society as he becomes completely engrossed in his own extraordinary man theory Raskolnikovs experimental crime in the beginning of the novel reveals his guilt and the rest of the novel is governed by the question of whether or not he will emerge from these emotions like an extraordinary person or be destroyed by his guilt like an ordinary man The consequences of his crime result in increasing the seclusion of Raskolnikov as he becomes trapped in a psychological prison but slowly gains insight as the story concludes Raskolnikov believes he is free to make any immoral choice without any repercussions But ironically it is his free will that forms the central conflict of Raskolnikov Raskolnikovs realization of his ordinary status contributes to his isolation in the desolate society of St Petersburg In addition the chaotic atmosphere of St Petersburg adds to Raskolnikovs intricate psychological state It is evident that St Petersburgs poor social conditions negatively impact not only Raskolnikov but many other characters in the novel as well Dostoevsky presents Raskolnikovs alienation from society by using St Petersburg as a macrocosm for Raskolnikovs isolation and introducing the extraordinary man theory which is the belief that some people are superior and have the right to be an exemption to the laws that preside over the rest
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