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Characters Alienation in Crime and Punishment

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Jonathan Lu

on 16 September 2013

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Characters Alienation in Crime and Punishment
“He was so immersed in himself and had isolated himself so much from everyone that he was afraid not only of meeting his landlady but of meeting anyone at all. He was crushed by poverty; but even his strained circumstances had lately ceased to burden him.” (Dostoevsky, 3)
"Something was happening to him, something entirely new, sudden and unknown. It was not that he understood, but he felt clearly with all the intensity of sensation that he could no longer appeal to these people in the police office with sentimental outbursts, or with anything whatsoever; and that if they had been his own brothers and sisters and not police officers, it would have been utterly out of the question to appeal to them in any awful sensation" (Dostoevsky 103)
"He wept and threw his arms round her knees. At first instant she was terribly frightened and she turned pale. She jumped up and looked at him trembling. But at the same moment she understood, and a light of infinite happiness came into her eyes."(Dostoevsky 520)
"His closet of a room was under the roof of a high, five-floor house and was more like a cupboard than a place to live."(Dostoevsky 1)
"...since then my daughter Sofia Semionovna has been forced to take a yellow ticket, and owing to that she is unable to go on living with us. For our landlady, Amalia Fiodorovna would not hear of it..."(Dostoevsky 21)
Alienation-the state or experience of being isolated from a group or an activity to which one should belong or in which one should be involved.
Discussion Questions
1. Had Raskolnikov not been so alienated from society, would he have committed the crime?
2. How do you think the surroundings of an individual relates to their isolation? How does this work in the book?
3. How does the idea of an ubermensch cause Raskolnikov's isolation ?
4. What role does family relations play in the isolation of Raskolnikov or Sonia?
5. To what extent do you think it is important for an individual to not be alienated from society?
"CRIME AND PUNISHMENT." SparkNotes. SparkNotes, 2012. Web. 14 Sept. 2013.
"Crime and Punishment Questions." Shmoop. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Sept. 2013
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