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Chose a character who might-- on the basis of the characters actions alone-- be considered evil or immoral Explain both how and why the presentation of the character makes us react more sympathetically than we otherwise might In Dostoyevskys Crime and Punishment the character of Raskolnikov is one who may be considered evil or immoral for his actions however his portrayal by the author is one that instills sympathy in the reader for the character due to his motives and personal internal consequences he suffers for his crime of murder There is considerable evidence supporting the view that Raskolnikov wants his theory surrounding the murder to be proven wrong to get caught and to be punished This tells the reader that deep down Raskolnikov knows in his heart what is wrong and right and that he wants to be brought back down off his pedestal and enter back in to normal human society Raskolnikovs theory of the superman who is above all societal constraints and able to stamp out the weak and detrimental people in society for the common good is one that is obviously skewed This prompts Raskolnikov to doubt his reasoning for and consequent execution of the crime He knows that his theory is wrong but he has been created by the society in which he lives which allows him to conjure up wild fantasies and delusions of grandeur The sympathy Dostoyevsky enforces upon the reader for Raskolnikov is held by the overwhelming signs pointing towards the notion that he knows that he is wrong in his doings The first indication of Raskolnikovs need for punishment for his crime appears in his preparation for the crime itself It is by no means meticulous To be sure no one will suspect him he rehearses the crime counts the steps to Alyonas house and even devises a noose to carry his axe Yet as incredible as it may seem he makes only the most elementary
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