The main character of the novel Crime and Punishment by FyodorDostoyevsky is Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov. His name comes from the Russianword “Raskolnik”, which means “divided”. The events of the novel are presentedalmost from his perspective. Raskolnikov is one of my favourites charactersfrom universal literature because he has a complex personality. In his soul,there is a battle between evil and his guilty conscience. In order to feelrelief, he has to confess the truth.
Rodion Raskolnikov is poor, lonely,meditative, a good soul in his fund. He dedicates himself body and soul toreasoning. This leads him to the conclusion that he is a rare human, that he isoutside the law and above it. For Rodion, laws are made for the mediocre peopleto listen to them. Napoleon is the obsession of Raskolnikov. He thinks he hasthe right to do what he wants and how he wants. He’s obsessed with the idea ofpower.
Rodion`s individualism pushes him to the belief that he has a mission toregenerate the world. He believes that reason is something evil. The old womanloan shark named Alyona Ivanovna represents for Raskolnikov the tyranny, whichmust be eliminated in order to liberate the others from suffering.
Thinking, hecomes to the conclusion that the old lady must be killed. He needs to confirmto himself the idea that he can do whatever he wants. He’s convinced of theidea that he must kill for the good of humanity. Although, the calculateddetails of the crime, he killed two people instead of one. Lizaveta Ivanovnawas murdered so there can be no witness. After the murder, all the things thatled to it seemed absurd.
He falls into a despair of shame. In the RodionRaskolnikov’s soul, something strange happened after the murder: the tendencyto confess the truth. Finally, urged by his sister and Sonia, the women he wasin love with, Rodion confesses his crime. “He turns to Sonya as a fellowtransgressor of social norms, but he fails to recognize that her sin is muchdifferent from his: while she truly sacrifices herself for the sake of others,he essentially commits his crime for his sake alone.” (Sparknotes.
com, 2018) Guiltyconscience appears here. The desire of the protagonist to confess his crime.He’s still part of the good men, which are not possessed by the evil spirit.
Raskolnikov is sentenced to exile in Siberia, accompanied by Sonia, where hebegins his mental and spiritual rehabilitation. Rodion Raskolnikov is one of my favourite characters because he is theperfect example that people can redeem even though they do terrible things likemurder for example. We don`t have the right to take someone`s life, butsometimes our judgment can be clouded and we end up doing this terrible thing.If that person is aware of what she or he had done and asks for forgiveness Ithink we should try to give her or him a second chance even if it is so hard.Rodion is the example that shows that with the help of God and with the help ofpeople that care about us, we can change the course of our life.