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Inner Conflicts

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Mario Contreras

on 28 August 2014

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Throughout the novel after the initial climax of the pawnbroker and her sister being murdered Raskolnikov finds himself at "do i or do i not confess" moments.
It seems ovious to the reader that he should turn himself in but he doesn't because he's just still so conflicted
This makes the reader understand the potency of internal conflict because it happens at multiple settings
Inner Conflicts
By: Vannah Yazon, Omar Corrales, Mario Contreras
Critic Roland Barthes has said, "Literature is the question minus the answer." Write an essay in which you analyze a central question the work raises and the extent to which it offers any answer. Explain how the author's treatment of this question affects your understanding of the work as a whole.
interpretation of the
Central Question in Crime and Punishment
Deconstruction Process
of the Essay
Thesis 1
Opening Example #2
Often times, our ideals conflict with our responsibilities. We take time to decide what actions we should take, because we are unsure of what is the ultimate good in these situations. This often causes division within ourselves, and it is this internal conflict that challenges us the most.
Thesis #2
In the novel Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky utilizes characterization, setting, and symbolism to demonstrate how internal conflicts affect our actions and our views on the world.
How to make your
Opening Example 3
Adversity is typically associated with a tangible hardship a person endures such as a death or poverty; however, adversity also encompasses the internal suffering a person must persevere through as well. Internal conflict is a dilemma that is often more of an impasse because the person not only is fighting within themselves meta cognitively, but other people can't directly tell or see if the person is struggling, so it's difficult to help.
Thesis 3
Raskolnikov, a character in Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment, undergoes extreme internal conflict, Dostoyevsky explores the affects of this strife through the setting of the novel; as well as, Raskolnikov's direct and indirect characterization, in order to illuminate how influential internal conflict can be.
Critic Roland Barthes has said, "Literature is the question minus the answer." Write an essay in which you
analyze a central question the work raises
and the
extent to which it offers any answer
. Explain how the
author's treatment


affects your understanding
of the work as a whole.
Central Question
Themes discussed in class: Isolation, Psychology, or Inner Conflict
Inner Conflict
central question:
How do inner conflicts affect the choices people make?
1. Create a broad introduction that relates to the theme
2. Become more and more specific until the introduction leads into the thesis
Opening Example 1

In his novel Crime and Punishment, Dostoyevsky explores the inner struggles Raskolnikov faces when presented with differing situations , and thus manages to raise the question of how inner conflicts affect the choices we make. He then goes on to answer this question by highlighting Raskolnikov's inner struggles through the use of setting, and characterization.
2 Examples
THE MURDER - Characterization
Raslkolnikov's inner conflict between being the superhuman and being able to be above crime and being a responsible citizen
As soon as it was the "perfect opportunity" when "sister was gone" he snapped and did it
This shows what the internal conflict drove him to
The murder made you understand the crime of crime and punishment
The theme
reveals a question
about society, and how does this book
serve to answer
that question?
How does the
to which the book answer that question
affect your understanding as a whole?
Does it stimulate thinking?
Or did it offer the answer outright?
Or is it ambiguous?
How are you going to save them from the svidrigailovs, from Afanasy Ivanovitch Vahrushin... Who would arrange their lives for them? In another ten years? In another ten years, mother will be blind with knitting shawls, maybe with weeping too. She will be worn to a shadow with fasting; and my sister? What may happen to her during those ten years? Can you fancy?
So he tortured himself, fretting himself with such questions, and
finding a kind of enjoyment in it.

- Questions/ inner conflict influence his decisions- answers question
-Greater picture/ answer the author author provides

When faced with a new situation or environment, it's not uncommon for individuals to change their way of thinking in order to accommodate their new surroundings. However, often times these changes can result in inner conflicts that affect the choices a person makes.
How to Incorporate

1. Mention the Author
2. Put in an action word to connect the devices the author uses
3. Pick devices you have the most evidence for since you will be drawing from memory
4. Write your "in order to" which correlates to the 3 part of the prompt which asks how it affected your understanding
1. Think of the central question you got from the theme
2. Think of the devices used in the story
3. Pick the devices you remember the most and that support your thesis
4. Elaborate back to all 3 parts of the prompt/your thesis
When creating your question:
It's all about the
1. It is ambiguous/broad enough to create many different openings/theses
2. It is related to theme;therefore, it will affect the reader's understanding because theme is directly correlated to the author's opinions
"He suddenly recalled
Sonia's words, "Go to the crossroads, bow down to the people, kiss the earth, for you have sinned against it too
, and say aloud to the whole world, 'I am a murderer.' He trembled, remembering that."

Sonia and her words are a symbol of religion -> they drive Raskolnikov to think more about what he's done and whether he should turn himself in
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