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My analysis on a passage from Crime and Punishment Sonya gives a cross to Raskolnikov before he goes to the police station in order to confess his crime.

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Shazde Mehkri 12/16/08 Mr. Rogers IB English HL My analysis on a passage from Crime and Punishment Sonya gives a cross to Raskolnikov before he goes to the police station in order to confess his crime. The cross was Lizeveta's. Sonya connects the soul of the dead with that of a living man, which can be represents Raskolnikov's spiritual resurrection. . The cross also serves as a symbol for redemption. However even after he wears the cross, he never feels that he has done something wrong or committed a crime. Raskolnikov never regrets the murder of the pawnbroker. In the early chapters, he rationalizes the reasons for killing her. ...read more.

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He takes the murder as a burden on himself and thus goes into a state of delirium. This internal conflict makes him isolate from the people who are willing to comfort and help him. When Raskolnikov asks Sonya to read the story of Lazarus from the Bible, she hesitates at first but then reads the whole story to him. By presenting such scenes in the novel Fyodor Dostoyevsky is giving the readers the idea of mans ego ultimately leading him to the path to the God. On page 407, Sonya says: "Go to the crossroads, and first kiss the earth which you have defiled; then bow down to the whole world, to the four points of the compass because you have sinned against it, too, and say aloud for all men to hear: " I have killed." ...read more.

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Her passive image also makes him think that his sin was like that of hers. Though, Raskolnikov was never able to realize that Sonya is like the angel who sacrifices herself for others while his attempt of the murder is mainly for himself. Raskolnikov speaks about the murder and describes how he does it to Sonya because he feels secured and comfortable with her. Dostoyevsky in the epilogue of his novel tells the reader that the entire story is about the gradual rebirth and renewal of a man. This connects back to the theme of redemption. Raskolnikov redeems himself and turns into a new man. The epilogue also makes it clear that it was not the murder that made him suffer, but the humane side of it. ...read more.

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