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Suffering in Crime and Punishment In the novel Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevskysuffering is an integral part of every character s role However themessage that Dostoevsky wants to present with the main characterRaskolnikov is not one of the Christian idea of salvation throughsuffering Rather it appears to me as if the author never lets hismain character suffer mentally throughout the novel in relation to thecrime that is His only pain seems to be physical sicknes Raskolnikov commits a premeditated murder in a state ofdelirium He ends up committing a second murder which he never everwanted to be responsible for He kills Lizaveta an exceedingly innocentperson But does the author ever remind us of the murder at any time inthe novel again Not in the physical sense of the crime itself Thereader doesn t hear about how heavily the murders are weighing on hisheart or how he is tormented by visions of the crime He doesn t feelthe least bit guilty about having committed the crime only his pride shurt He doesn t mention the idea of the pain that might arise fromrecurrent visions of the crime Raskolnikov never again recalls themassive amounts of blood everywhere the look on Lizaveta s face when hebrings down the axe on her head These things clearly show that thecrime isn t what might cause him suffering or pain it is somethingelse After Raskolnikov is sent off to Siberia he doesn tfeel remorseful His feelings haven t changed about his crime he feelsbad at not being able to living up to his own ideas of greatness Hegrows depressed only when he learns of his mother s death Raskolnikovstill hasn t found any reason to feel remorse for his crimes He takesSiberia as his punishment because of how annoying it is to go throughall these formalities and ridicularities that it entails Yet heactually feels more comfortable in Siberia than
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