Crime And Punishment By Dostoevsky

In real life humans are multidimensional not only physically but also in their
actions and emotions. Majority of the time when it comes to any form of
entertainment being it movies, plays, or books, the characters are flat, one
dimensional. You don\'t get a sense of who they really are, the author in his
writings portrays him in a certain light. Could be portrayed has the good guy,
bad guy, or just your average man on the street. But Raskolnikov in Dostoevsky\'s

Crime and Punishment is displayed with more then one persona. His range of
actions and emotions is almost unheard of, he is a Dr. Jekyl, Mr. Hyde type
character. For Raskolnikov has some very extremes ranging from the kind,
compassionate, caring side he displays towards Sonia to the murderous, selfish,
materialistic side in killing Alyona and Lizaveta Ivanovna. There are many other
instances where Raskolnikov shows his colors other then committing the murders
and his relationship with Sonia. His first dream along with, revisiting the
crime sight contrasted with his reaction to finding Marmelodov run over in the
street, both showcase his different sides. Raskolnikov can also be compared to a
current event, that being the happenings in Littleton, Colorado. You would think
that a swing in attitude and emotion that Raskolnikov has would follow a deep
impacting event, like the murders of the Ivanovna sisters. This is not the case
though, even before the horrendous crimes he commits, you can see him sway from
one side to the other. This is prevalent during and after his first dream. The
dream is of a man brutally beating to death a horse. Raskolnikov is a child in
the dream and like every child would is concerned and worried for the well being
of the animal, for the mare is old and being asked to do something it is
incapable of doing. The dream continuously gets worse and he ends up screaming
and chasing after the owner of the horse, once he has killed it. While his
father is trying to comfort him he awakes from the dream, and after standing up
in horror says, "Thank God, that was only a dream." Then he questions
what the dream represents; trying to figure out if it is a premonition of him
killing the old lady, Alyona Ivanovna. He cries "Good God! Can it be, can
it be, that I shall really take an axe, that I shall strike her on the head,
split her skull open..." Raskolnikov then argues that he could never commit
such a horrible crime saying, "...yesterday I realised completely that I
could never bear to do it... Why am I going over it again, then?...yesterday, I
said to myself that it was base, loathsome, vile, vile... the very thought of it
made me feel sick and filled me with horror." Goes on to say, "I
couldn\'t do it! Why, why then am I still...?" The dream and the following
conversation with himself displays the two sides of Raskolnikov. He is arguing
both sides, of why he could or could not commit the murder. It is like a scene
from a cartoon where there is a devil on one shoulder of the character and an
angel on the other. Raskolnikov has these thoughts fighting in his head. The
child caring and showing concern for the ill-fated animal reflects the caring
side that is present in him. It shows that he is not a cold-hearted killer that
is depicted by the owner of the mare. Upon waking though his thoughts turn to
the possibility of killing Alyona. This is a representation of his murderous
half looking to improve his standard of living by taking another\'s life. The two
sides of his mind are fighting wanting him to make the correct decision with
each side having its pros and cons. The compassionate side gives one last futile
attempt to set Raskolnikov straight when he prays "Lord, show me my path-I
renounce that accursed... dream of mine." The events leading up to

Raskolnikov\'s return to the scene of the crime and his visit are of great
contrast to his actions towards Marmelodov and his family, after Marmelodov is
run over in the street. With the immediacy of the scenes Dostoevsky is able to
exhibit the vast differences within Raskolnikov\'s character. Raskolnikov is
wondering all about the city after he awakens from a bout of delirium. He is in
search of information on the crime that he has committed, especially after
finding out that there was an arrest of someone for it.