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In Crime and Punishment one witnesses a murder as it is graphically described by Fyodor Dostoevsky How after such a graphic display of evil can the reader be compassionate towards Raskolnikov Superficially Rodion Raskolnikov appears purely evil but readers become sympathetic towards his character through in a depth scrutiny of his personality The full presentation of Raskolnikovs thoughts reveals his true reasoning behind his crime Dostoevsky rationalizes Raskolnikovs actions by bringing the reader into an intimate relationship with his character The reader sees the many ways Raskolnikov attempts to justify his actions to himself The terrible illness that Raskolnikov takes on following the murder is another reason to pity him As readers are finally able to forgive Raskolnikov in their minds they realize that he was not evil even good to a point Raskolnikov tries many times to rationalize the murder even before he actually commits it The time and effort he spends attempting to justify his actions seem to make him appear more human He shows a benevolent side by tossing any money he happens to have at the first needy person he sees He uses this need to help others as one justification of the murder By killing one useless woman he can do innumerable good deeds Raskolnikov heard his own ideas echoed by some youth in the hay market One said What do you think would not one tiny crime be wiped out by thousands of good deeds 59 The notion of committing a crime for the purpose of good serves to give Raskolnikov a benevolent appearance despite his actions The fact that the pawn broker was a human did not faze him as he saw her as a pest In turn he was killing a louse for the purpose of making the world a better place By killing her he was doing people a favor he rid the world of a useless old woman All of these thoughts serve one purpose
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